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