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Pastoral Care


​When people think of “Pastoral Care”, they often think of behaviour or the church, when in fact Pastoral Care in a school encompasses so much more.
Effective pastoral care is achieved through promoting positive school environments that support the:
 - physical
 - social
 - intellectual and
 - emotional development of every student.

Clifton State High School in 2014 will provide an extensive Pastoral Care Program for all year levels 7-12.  The program is designed  around the school diary  focusing on student well-being, and equipping students with the necessary life skills to become worldly citizens.

Pastoral care is shared by, and is the responsibility of everyone.
At Clifton State High School the expertise of specialised staff such as the Youth School Nurse, the Chaplain, the Guidance Officer and the Senior Management Team will be engaged to implement the program, with general teachers being required to take ownership of the program, and deliver it in an effective manner.


At Clifton State High School our aim is to support positive school environments and a positive school climate whereby:
  • teacher-student relationships are based on trust and mutual respect
  • each student’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development is promoted
  • there are strong partnerships between the school, parents and community

 We want to achieve Pastoral Care through:

  • quality and supportive relationships
  • comprehensive and inclusive approaches to learning
  • effective networks of care
  • appropriate and effective pastoral care strategies
  • supportive and coordinated organisational structures

Pastoral Care in Junior Secondary

For Junior Secondary we are very mindful that the transition from Primary to our Junior Secondary requires some adjusting for students.  We aim to provide a transition programme that will cater well for students in this regard, basing the program on the 6 principles of Junior Secondary Schooling.
The years 7, 8 & 9 often coincide with the onset of puberty which is characterized by change (physical, social, intellectual and emotional).
Young people of this age begin to develop a need for autonomy and social identity which sometimes makes it undesirable for parents and other adults to be visibly involved in their day to day life, and in particular schooling. However, it is during this time that they often seek out and rely on their parents and school staff for support and guidance, due to the uncertainty of these years and often the complex relationships they become involved with. 
Recognising the difficulties of these years for our students is the basis for which our Junior Secondary Pastoral Care program has been developed. We aim to expose them to concepts and strategies, such as resilience, tolerance, differences, bullying and many others, to better equip our students with how to cope with this turbulent time.

Pastoral Care in Senior Secondary

The Pastoral Care Program in the Senior Secondary School is largely based on the philosophy of developing appropriate self direction and  far more independence.  Students often find it difficult to manage the myriad of commitments and responsibilities that feature throughout their final years of Secondary Education. We believe students need to strike a balance between their school studies, traineeships, apprenticeships, part-time work requirements and social/family life. While we recognise this, we also know that the continued care we provide for our Senior Students makes a big difference in terms of their ability to achieve their personal academic best and feelings of self worth.
In year 10 the focus for Pastoral Care program will focus on career development, whereby we concentrate on teaching students how to manage life, learning and work over their lifetime, equipping them with necessary skills to assist along the way.  The students will also have the opportunity to obtain a Certificate Level I in Work Education, which will be beneficial when seeking employment.
Senior students are busy people, managing hectic schedules including their academic program, sporting and other co-curricular activities, plus extras such as an active social life, part-time job or learning to drive.  Not only do they need to cope with the pressures of study, but also with what they are going to do or be able to do for when they finish school in terms of further study or an occupation.  They are also regularly facing the effects of peer pressure, alcohol, drugs and the complexities of relationships of a more intimate nature. 
This Pastoral Care program is designed to allow students to think about their behaviours, the choices available to them and give them an opportunity to reflect on certain decisions they might make, which in turn should assist with their safety in unfamiliar or unsafe situations.