The Dean of Student Wellbeing is responsible for the welfare of all students and the organisation and monitoring of the pastoral care system. She works closely with the Heads of Year, Wellbeing teachers, House Coordinators, boarding house staff, school psychologists, academic staff and students. While each member of staff is committed to providing pastoral care to all students, small wellbeing groups enable the students to develop a close relationship with this teacher who sees the girls daily. The House system, led by House Coordinators, allows senior students to take an active role in the welfare of the younger girls and to be positive role models.
Pastoral staff work with staff, girls and parents focusing on the academic, social and emotional needs of the students. They are proactive in their approach and work hard to resolve issues using the many resources and staff expertise at their disposal.
Specific pastoral care initiatives which are designed to cater for students’ individual and developmental needs run in conjunction with the School’s Health and Career Education programs. Guest speakers and parent workshops are also provided to complement the work covered in these programs.
Students are nurtured and encouraged to develop as individuals and they leave St Hilda’s with a strong sense of purpose in life, well equipped to take their place in society.