Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care at Gleeson College is based upon the firm belief that every individual belongs to the College Community and should have the fullest possibility for personal, social and spiritual growth.

We endeavour to establish a total climate of care, which reflects the broad Christian ethos of individuals caring for and respecting one another. Pastoral Care demands a committed stance by staff and students, to generate this atmosphere of care, concern and respect that is underpinned by Choice Theory, Brain-Based Research, the Gleeson 10 and the concept of personal responsibility.

Through our Pastoral Care of students, staff seek to provide the opportunity for students to develop self-esteem, confidence and resilience - thus students are encouraged to undertake responsibilities that involve organising and partaking in events that require leadership and initiative. In this way, the students should experience Pastoral Care that empowers them to value and care for self and others.

At Gleeson College, all staff members, by living out of the Christian ethos and their ministries of teaching and service, are committed to the Pastoral Care of students.

Through the Vertical House System of Pastoral Care, introduced in 2010, each teacher particularly focuses this care on a specific group of students.

The four houses of Gleeson College are Damiani, Fyfe, Hughes and McDonald.  Each House is led by the House Coordinator (Staff), four House Captains and a Vice Captain (Students).

The Vertical House System of Pastoral Care consists of 12 Middle School Care Groups (3 per House in Years 7-10) and 16 Senior School Care Groups (4 per House in Years 10-12).

The Benefits of a Vertical House System of Pastoral Care:

  • Older students taking responsibility for induction of younger students and positive relationships between younger and older students flourish.
  • Siblings (and eventually generations) can share the same experience of House identity and loyalty.
  • Students observing the school journey through other students' experiences before it is their turn.
  • Giving students a strong sense of belonging.
  • Providing Peer Mentoring/Support.
  • Giving a Middle School/Senior School Identity.
  • Increasing College Spirit.
  • Increasing participation in College events.


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