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Pastoral Care

Pastoral care at St Andrew’s is based on the College values of Truth, Excellence and Faith. We endeavour to address individual student’s needs, affirm good attitudes and behaviour, and set clear boundaries for behaviour and consequences when those boundaries are crossed. Our aim is to ensure every student feels comfortable, confident and connected to their College, so that their time here is as rewarding as possible.

As part of St Andrew’s College Pastoral Care programme, we assign each student to a tutor group along with 10–15 other students. Their tutor teacher is responsible for the well-being of every student within their tutor group and stays with them for five years from Years 9–13. During that five year period, each student will get to know their tutor well. Each year group is overseen by a Dean, who provides another point of contact for students.

Our Pastoral Care programme is embedded throughout the curriculum at St Andrew’s College. Whilst we have an expectation that all teachers are always in a role of caring for our students, every student has focused time with their tutor teacher.

In the Secondary School, over a period of five years, each tutor teacher is assigned the care of 10–15 students. Each group meets four out of five days – providing optimal time for each tutor teacher to get to know your child well. The tutor teachers have a clearly enunciated responsibility to not only support academic progress, but to care for the wider needs of those students.

Tutor teachers are the prime carers for students in their tutor group and are responsible for tracking academic progress, taking a special interest in extra-curricular activities, helping with relationship issues, and monitoring emotional wellbeing.

Tutors are supported by year group Deans, who support and resource the tutors, and by the Heads of Middle School and Senior College who oversee the work of the Deans in their area. Our Deans offer multiple points of reference from top academic students needing mentoring, through to students with significant emotional, psychological, and physical needs.

Holistic Pastoral Care Offering

We ensure all students have the skills, aptitudes and abilities to cope with what is presented to them during their time at the College. Our Pastoral Care programme stretches far beyond the academic. It encompasses physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing.

Students are encouraged to participate in the traditions and values St Andrew’s College offers. Our Presbyterian heritage underpins the Pastoral Care programme from Religious Education (RE) classes through to formal chapel services.

Strong Family Focus

As a family focused school, St Andrew’s College provides many opportunities to cultivate relationships with caregivers. These include:

  • contact with tutor teachers – tutor teachers also get to know the parents and guardians of students in their group, so they can feel comfortable about taking issues and concerns about their child to the tutor as a first step;
  • student-parent-tutor conferences – two student-parent-tutor conferences are scheduled each year with the relationship being built upon in subsequent years;
  • parent seminars – St Andrew’s College runs parent seminars. Topics include raising children, internet safety, alcohol and drugs awareness, sexual behaviour, personal relationships, and adolescent development.

Deliberate Year 10 Intervention

As a deliberate and strategic action, St Andrew’s College delivers the Te Waka programme to Year 10 students. This is a time when students experience many personal changes and challenges. In recognition of this, all Year 10 students are exposed to a weekly three hour intensive intervention called The Te Waka programme. This transformational programme comprises The Rite Journey, The Duke of Edinburgh, our Outdoor Education experience and the Health Syllabus.

Fully Resourced Pastoral Care Programme

St Andrew’s College has a deliberate and strategic Pastoral Care programme that is well resourced . We are committed to the wellbeing of our students in the following ways:

  • recognition of student well-being and academic achievement – there is clear research to suggest the correlation between student wellbeing and academic achievement is significant. Our staff monitor student satisfaction as there is a close relationship between learning and behaviour. At all times, staff are here to support students in all endeavours while they are at school;
  • dedicated tutor teachers – despite being larger than other private schools in Christchurch, St Andrew’s College Pastoral Care programme offers personal support. Our tutor teachers get to know individual students and ascertain their needs. Throughout your son or daughter’s time at the College, we like to celebrate every student’s successes and continually support them;
  • allocated Pastoral Care time – St Andrew’s College timetables Pastoral Care four out of five days;
  • five year personal care – our tutor teachers are responsible for supporting your child for five years throughout their time at Middle School and Senior College. This allows time for a personal relationship to be established;
  • proactive and reactive support mechanisms – we are clear about the purpose of Pastoral Care and have effective processes and people in place to ensure those outcomes are met. St Andrew’s College actively teaches students how to manage their time, stress levels and outside expectations. We are aware of the issues and deliberately have safety mechanisms in place to support students, if things don’t go well;
  • Pastoral Care Committee – our Pastoral Care Committee is chaired by the Chaplain and brings together senior management, Head of Middle School and Senior College and Heads of Boarding and International Students. During weekly meetings any major issues, initiatives and concerns are aired.

Dedicated Programmes, Staff and Services

St Andrew’s recognises the importance of a robust and multifaceted Pastoral Care programme. To ensure we deliver on our outcomes, specialist programmes, staff, and services are invested in and fully resourced. These include:

  • Te Waka The Rite Journey;
  • Duke of Edinburgh;
  • Traveller’s Programme;
  • High Performance Sport.

Staff and Services in the Secondary School

  • Senior College Head;
  • Middle School Head;
  • Five Deans – one for each year group;
  • 72 tutor teachers;
  • Peer Support Leaders;
  • Learning support – One on one tutoring with senior students;
  • Counsellor – Tom Matthews is a professional counsellor available full-time to support students during particularly difficult or stressful times;
  • Health Centre;
  • Physio;
  • Teacher psychologist.

Testimonal

“One of the biggest strengths St Andrew’s College offers is its staff and their authentic interest in students as people. Teachers take the time to get to know you, your siblings, your interests and strengths as well as your goals. They really put in an extra effort to help you reach your goals, and use their knowledge about you to tailor the way they guide you to achieve them.”
Rosa Garcia Knight (OC 2017)