Care Education

St Mary's College provides an environment that fosters the whole person's growth and prepares students to take their place as vital participants in a changing world.

The current generation of students is growing up in a world impacted by changing family structures, rapidly changing technologies, greater access to information and strong social media influence. Therefore, the programs at St Mary's College address, at appropriate stages for students, contemporary issues such as cyber safety and cyberbullying, the effect of media on body image and the complexities of peer culture, respectful relationships, amongst other topics. 
A Care Education program is offered weekly with Care Group teachers to all students in Years R-12. It is an awareness-raising and skills-building program which addresses themes and issues relevant to the social and developmental stages of the students involved.

Our College staff, including teachers and Wellbeing staff, undertake appropriate training and development in the presentation and delivery of social and emotional wellbeing programs through workshops, conferences, and online tutorials, in addition to the College engaging external supports in specialist areas. 

There is an assessment of specific needs for each year level and a program developed that is relevant and engaging. The Directors of the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools each oversee these programs.

An annual camp or retreat is also offered from Year 6 upwards to enhance the classroom work, foster positive relationships, and deepen spirituality.

Care Education - Social Emotional Learning 

By presenting accurate information, self-awareness, and skill development, students can develop the confidence to make safe and positive life choices. The aim and purpose of the Care Education Program at St Mary's College are to look at the social and emotional wellbeing and development of students, not explicitly covered in other curriculum areas, with a focus on teaching students the skills to:

  • Build resilience
  • Developing personal and social capabilities.
  • Social skills
  • Empathy
  • Build respectful relationships with parents, school & broader community
  • Ensure their personal and cyber safety

Common Themes

  •  Personal and Cybersafety
  •  Friendships/relationships and building resilience
  •  Personal Health and safety/social and emotional wellbeing
  •  Community building

The Care Education program addresses these themes using guest speakers, film, Care Group teacher delivery of material and information, class or online and whole year level activities.

Planning is also a sequential process for each theme from Reception to Year 12 with students' developmental stage in mind. The Care Education Program also incorporates the specific and explicit teaching of the Child Protection Curriculum, Social Emotional Learning Programs and Positive Education. The teaching of both these programs also occurs within several curriculum areas across the College.