At St Mary’s we believe that the basis of a good school is good pastoral care, and we take this aspect of education very seriously. The Head of Pastoral Care and the House Coordinators, working with committed teams of Homeroom teachers, are pivotal to the health and happiness of the student body.
We acknowledge that learning only takes place in an environment where the learner feels comfortable, so helping students to achieve an optimum degree of comfort in school is a priority.
Another important goal is the idea of connectedness. We encourage the idea of working closely with parents as partners in their daughter’s education, and as we care for our students, we offer support to their parents.
We are continually reviewing our policies and procedures to make sure that we are providing the best possible learning environment and believe that we are giving our students opportunities to grow in confidence.
We also believe that a large helping of fun is important, and we aim to give students the chance to enjoy themselves.
Your Mind Matters has been created to give parents, carers and students in our community access to reliable and useful information in an easily accessible format.
Parent Matters is designed to provide parents and carers with easy access to the counsellors’ newsletter articles, and to recommend useful parenting websites and Facebook pages.
Student Matters is designed to give students similar access to reputable, user-friendly and informative websites, as well as interactive websites, social media pages and apps that support mental health and wellbeing.
Gai Bath is available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and predominantly in the Junior School. She has a background in teaching with many years’ experience, and went on the complete a Masters of Counselling in 2008. Gai is a Clinical Registrant with PACFA (Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia).
Rachel Sylvester is available Monday to Friday and works predominantly in the Senior School. Her work experience includes the Save the Children Australia’s Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters, Tasmanian Sexual Assault Support Service, as a social worker in a variety of Tasmanian Government schools and in a supervisory role with social work students at the University of Tasmania.
Gai and Rachel are committed to helping your child/ren if they are struggling with any aspect of life, and they are keen to communicate with you regarding concerns for their wellbeing.