Student Welfare

Philosophy

• At Trinity, our Student Welfare model is founded on the Biblical principles of grace, mercy, justice, kindness and humility (Micah 6:8).
• Student Welfare is integral to all aspects of each young person’s schooling life at Trinity and therefore high quality pastoral care underpins everything we do.
• We seek to support each student’s spiritual, cognitive, emotional and physical wellbeing and development
• We endeavour to ensure that each student is happy at school, has good friendships, is respectful, resilient and learns to the very best of their ability.
• We believe that each student is a gift from God and therefore the role of staff is to love, nurture and serve students with our actions and with our words. We love each and every student.
• We believe that for students to learn effectively, they require a safe, supportive environment where they can learn, make mistakes without embarrassment, develop the specific talents that God has given them and enjoy developing meaningful relationships with students and staff.
• We challenge each student to be the best they can be. Therefore we require students to display high levels of responsibility and respect in all aspects of school life including effort and behaviour in class, punctuality and uniform. Our desire is to grow our students into people of excellence.
• We believe that while success in life is important, it is far more important to leave a lasting and significant impact on the world, and that each student has unique skills to make a positive difference to their community in their own way.
• We believe the character of a student is just as important as the information they learn in classrooms. We therefore teach our students the importance of integrity, humility and honour. We challenge students to care for, respect and serve others. Staff endeavour to lead by example in displaying these characteristics at all times.
• We recognise that all young people will sometimes make mistakes in how they interact with others and how they behave. Trinity staff provide correction so that students learn from their mistakes and in the future, understand what is appropriate and have self-control. This correction guides students towards genuine Christ-like behaviour. We endeavour to provide students with an in-built moral compass, with Christ as our Guide.
• Student Welfare at Trinity takes place within the context of good relationships. We view the restoration of relationships to be of critical importance.

 

Student Welfare Aims

For students to learn in a community of Love, Nurture and Service where:

• Students grow in knowledge of God and in their relationship with Jesus Christ.
• Students are challenged to maximise their God-given potential.
• Students are urged to become people of excellence and integrity.
• Relationships are based on love and acceptance.
• Respect and responsibility are of critical importance.
• Students are well-behaved and attentive, engaged in learning.
• Students grow to become compassionate, kind, considerate and honourable role models in the wider community.
• Students grow to become confident, resilient leaders who lead positive lives of significance.
• The school and parents work in partnership, together supporting children throughout their school career.
• Any school response to student making poor decisions is appropriate and consistent, and where consequences are just and predictable.
• Students are urged to develop positive, constructive behaviours.

 

Welfare Structure

At Trinity, Student Welfare is the responsibility of all staff :

• In the Junior School, excellent pastoral care is provided primarily by the class teacher within classes.
• In the Junior School, the Student Welfare Co-ordinator provides specialist care and oversees behaviour management and the wellbeing of students experiencing difficulties beyond the realm of the classroom teacher.
• In the Middle and Senior Schools, quality student welfare is provided principally by the Pastoral Care Group teachers on a daily basis. In the Middle School, Pastoral Care Groups are horizontal, while in the Senior School they are vertical, with a mixture of Year 9 to 12 students within each group. Pastoral Care Groups ensure that each student is known well by a member of staff.
• In the Middle and Senior Schools, dedicated Year Advisers oversee behaviour management and the wellbeing of students experiencing difficulties beyond the area of the classroom teacher or Pastoral Care teacher.
• Heads of School and the Deputy Principal (Welfare) provide oversight of student welfare and support the Welfare Team. They can be contacted if there is a significant concern.
• If students find themselves struggling with different issues, guidance and support may also be sought from the School Counsellor (Psychologist) and the School Chaplain.
• Student Leaders also provide excellent encouragement for students. These student leaders include School Captains in the Junior, Middle and Senior School; the SRC; Peer Leaders and Pastoral Care Group Captains in the Senior School.

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