High School Pastoral - Years 9-10
Radford places considerable emphasis upon pastoral care. The College is an orderly place, where good manners are observed and where self-discipline and individual responsibility are emphasized. The relationship between staff and students is based on mutual respect. In order for each student to enjoy a sense of belonging and connectedness as well as enjoying opportunities to be themselves at their best, the College has developed the following guidelines under one of its aims to foster personal and social development. That each student will:
- develop self-esteem and confidence;
- learn self-discipline and accept responsibility for his/her actions;
- participate confidently in group and team activities;
- become an active member of the local and wider community; and
- be able to adapt to the challenges of a changing world.
Pastoral care in High School (Years 9 to 10) is within the Tutor Group (about 22-25 students). The Tutor is responsible for the general oversight and care of the students in his/her Tutor Group. Areas of responsibility include such matters as academic progress, social adjustment, attendance, and contact with parents. Tutors meet with their pastoral care groups on a daily basis. Coordination of the pastoral care system is provided by Year Coordinators so as to provide a general consistency and a framework for the discipline and pastoral care of students.
The Tutor is the student's counsellor, leader, conscience and mentor. The Tutor
- monitors attendance, conduct, appearance, homework and progress;
- counsels (advises/motivates) students regarding program choices, progress and general welfare;
- consults subject teachers on individual student progress, conduct and welfare;
- communicates with home regarding student programs, performance, welfare, problems, etc.;
- consults with the Principal, Head of School and Year Coordinator on problems and special circumstances with respect to individual students; and
- refers students to Principal, Head of School and Year Coordinators for further action.
2. Year Coordinator
The Year Coordinator oversees the entire year group. It is his/her job to promote positive morale in the teachers and students in the year level and to foster and maintain an atmosphere of genuine pastoral care of all the students.
3. Head of High School
The Head of High School is responsible for overall pastoral and academic program in Years 9 and 10. He/She works closely with the Year Coordinators, Heads of Department, tutors and students to devise programs that are age-appropriate and challenging across all of the academic, pastoral, social and service domains.
4. Tutor Group
Tutor Groups are House-based, and are made up of students from Year 9 and Year 10. There is, as far as practicable, an equal number of boys and girls in each Tutor Group. The group meets every day. Members of the Tutor Group get to know each other very well and participate in school and social activities together.
The prefects at Radford are a clear example of what the School represents. They are the student leaders and act as role models for their peers and younger students. They have frequent contact with the junior year levels through involvement in the Year 7 Orientation program, and are an integral part of the Year 7 Camp. They also visit Year 7 and Year 8 Tutor Groups once per week and provide advice and assistance to the younger students.
School Counsellors work to provide accessible and professional psychological services to young people in schools. Radford School Counsellors are qualified psychologists who have a special interest in young people and their issues. There is also a qualified social worker and two Chaplains.
People seeing a School Counsellor can expect a confidential service. The kind of issues a School Counsellor might help with include:
- relationships with friends or family
- peer pressure
- stress management
- learning issues
- if you are feeling overly sad or anxious
- if you have questions about sexuality
- drug involvement and education
The College believes that there is much to be gained, socially and educationally, from a well-organised program of Outdoor Education. There are many available models to choose from and Radford has opted for an introductory program in Year 7 and a more extensive program in Year 9. Opportunities for outdoor activities and adventure learning are also provided in the cocurricular program.
The Year 9 Outdoor Program
The Year 9 Outdoor Program is 10 days of continuous outdoor activity. It takes place in early November in the Snowy River National Park in Victoria. Although the program is fairly demanding, it is designed so that all Year 9 students can participate and gain from the experience, especially in the development of social, personal and leadership skills.
Radford uses the experience and expertise of Outward Bound Australia, an organisation specialising in this field, to help run the program. Activities may include hiking, abseiling, canoeing and caving. Students will also learn to wash, cook and 'set up house' in the bush. All of this takes place in one of the most beautiful areas of Australia.
The student body is divided into eight houses with approximately 120 secondary students in each House. These Houses are called Acacia, Banksia, Boronia, Huon, Jarrah, Karri, Kurrajong and Wandoo after Australian native plants.
Students are allocated to a sporting House to which they belong for the duration of their lives at Radford College, with family members usually allocated to the same House. The House Masters and House Mistresses are responsible for the administration of the House, assisted by House Captains and Vice Captains elected by students.
The eight Houses compete annually in the four major competitions: Swimming, Cross-Country, Athletics and the Bishop's Cup, which is held on Foundation Day each year. House spirit is actively promoted and again, the emphasis is on participation and good sportsmanship.