Pastoral Care

At Lindisfarne we recognise the School's role in assisting each child to develop to their full potential - not simply as scholars but as human beings. Our function as a school is more than to impart academic knowledge - it is to provide the life skills and encourage the qualities that will assist each student to make the transition from dependence to independence, from child to young adult.

In a broad sense, Pastoral Care is about creating a community to which each student feels a sense of belonging, secure in the knowledge that as a valued member of that community they will receive encouragement, guidance and support. Pastoral Care permeates every aspect of school life - it is integrated into the curriculum and structural organisation of the school so as to nurture each student's personal, social and academic wellbeing.

It's about building trust, mutual respect and empathy with the students. It's about taking the time to talk with children and to listen to them. It's about treating students as individuals and understanding the issues that affect them inside and outside of school. It's about giving each student a sense of safety, security and self-worth. It's about feeling safe in the classroom - to have a go, to make a mistake, to accept a challenge, to voice an opinion. It's about providing opportunities for students to experience genuine success and celebrating that success with them.

At Lindisfarne, Pastoral Care is implicit in all that we do. It is also underpinned by explicit Pastoral Care based programs and co-curricular activities, including:

  • Formal Pastoral Care programs
  • Dedicated Pastoral Care teachers
  • Positive relationship building between teachers and students
  • A clear and explicit safe schools policy
  • A fair and respectful approach to discipline
  • Fortnightly chapel services
  • Leadership program
  • Community service program
  • Vocational guidance for senior students

It is our belief that Pastoral Care is integral in helping students to reach their full potential, to leave our school not as children but as confident and mature young men and women.

House Tutor Groups

Students in Year 7 to Year 12 are placed into House Tutor Groups. Each group consists of a small number of students from each year level with all students belonging to the same House. During the school day there is House Tutorial time where the teacher responsible for the House Tutorial Group, the House Tutor, will check attendance, diaries, uniform and provide guidance. House Tutors are also responsible for the delivery of the Pastoral Care Program. The House Tutor should be the first point of contact for parents who wish to discuss matters related to their child.