The central aim of St Paul’s Collegiate School is to encourage and support students to achieve to their potential. In terms of academic potential, every staff member has a part to play to ensure students achieve their very best in the classroom. This also applies to personal potential. Each staff member stands in loco parentis (in place of the parents) during school hours and in the case of boarders 24-hours a day.
Staff watch over, care for and support student’s growth within the St Paul’s community as parents would do at home. Every teacher and staff member at St Paul’s is, to some extent, involved in the pastoral care of students. There is also a dedicated team of approximately 30 pastoral care staff to ensure there is always at least one person who student’s feel comfortable approaching when they need to discuss health or emotional concerns.The pastoral care team at St Paul’s consists of:
- Deputy headmaster of pastoral care
- Assistant housemasters
- Deputy housemasters
- Matrons (boarding)
- Nurse and on-call medical professionals
- Head of the learning resource unit
- School counsellor.
The aim of the HELPS support team is to provide an additional level of support to housemasters dealing with students who may require support with health related issues and emotional, learning, psychological and spiritual difficulties. The HELPS team comprises of the head of the learning resources unit, school counsellor, chaplain, health clinic manager and nurse.
Senior management’s involvement
St Paul’s senior management team – consisting of the Headmaster, associate headmaster and deputy headmasters – operate an ‘open-door’ policy for all students during regular school hours.
The associate headmaster and deputy headmaster receive referrals from housemasters, they then take action in their various areas of expertise and feed information and solutions back to housemasters. Depending on the issue(s) involved they may also contact parents.
Senior management may refer students to other senior management or pastoral care staff, like the chaplain or counsellor, to ensure the student is receiving care from a professional with an area of expertise related to the student’s issue/area of concern.
For behavioural/disciplinary matters involving boarding students, boarding house staff have direct access after school hours to the headmaster and associate headmaster who both live on-site. For health related concerns, boarding house students and staff have access to the on-site Health Clinic and qualified on-call staff. For pastoral/spiritual concerns the chaplain, who also lives on-site, is available.