Students are assigned to pastoral groups, and a pastoral care teacher. The pastoral group starts each day together for roll marking, daily notices. The presentation of notes for absence/illness/lateness/early departure happens at this time. While telephone advice is appreciated, parents are asked to back this up with a written note in the Student Record Book to keep attendance tight and ensure the pastoral teacher is aware of what is happening.
The transition into Secondary School is very exciting for Year 7 students, but for some, it may be challenging. The Peer Mentoring Program will play an important role in helping the new Year 7 students feel part of our friendly school community. Peer Group Leaders will be selected from Year 11 to lead Year 7s through activities designed to familiarise them with the layout, people and routines within the College.
From this early experience of senior student leadership, and throughout their time at Marymount, students are encouraged to consider how they can be leaders: within their classes, around the school and among their peers away from school; through involvement in music, dance, drama, public speaking, sport and other activities outside of school; by considering formal leadership roles for students at the College such as representing their pastoral groups in Year 7, representing their year level on the Student Teacher Advisory Council, volunteering for a mentoring role in Year 11 or nominating for Student Leadership as a Senior.
Up to two reflection days led by guest speakers provide students with time for reflection, discussion and group activities. This time, within the context of a busy school year, attempts to integrate faith, life and peer culture at this stage in their development.
The Year 7 camp will provide students with the opportunity to meet new people beyond their pastoral group. Students will be encouraged to build positive relationships with all of their year level. At the same time, the program builds individual and group self-esteem fosters tolerance and understanding, encourages trust and teamwork and develops faith, values and belief.