Students are provided with the opportunity to develop their interests, skills and knowledge in a community where their social and emotional wellbeing is nurtured.
Programs focusing on resilience, self-esteem, teamwork, leadership, organisation and positive peer interactions are integrated into the Pastoral Care curriculum to enable students to mature in their Christian character.
Illawarra Christian School seeks to provide for the social, emotional, academic and spiritual needs of each individual child. Staff have a genuine desire to see each student come to a personal faith in God and to be equipped for a life of service to him. Staff members regularly pray with and for their students and consider it a privilege to walk with them on their life journey.
At the commencement of each day, Prep-6 students share in a devotional time where they are encouraged to apply Christian understanding and values to everyday situations. The life situations that occur each day provide teachers with ongoing opportunities to nurture and disciple their students so that they might grow into independent, productive community members.
In the secondary school, Pastoral Care teachers facilitate devotions at the beginning of each day. Students listen to talks, pray, engage in Bible studies and interact in discussion groups. Each small group has a Pastoral Care teacher who is committed to offering spiritual guidance and practical care to every student. This may involve educational, social or personal areas of need. These small groups build trust and strengthen relationships that facilitate the growth of our students.
Pastoral Care coordinators have oversight of secondary year groups. They communicate with staff and parents as needs arise. They take primary responsibility for ensuring that students are happy and thriving; they ensure that relationships between students are positive and attend to issues that arise with individual students.
School Psychologist and Counsellor
Illawarra Christian School employs a full-time school psychologist who provides a range of direct and indirect services to the school community.
School psychologists are registered psychologists who are bound by the ethics of their registration body and the Australian Psychological Society. At Illawarra Christian School, the school psychologist’s role includes:
- individual and group counselling of students
- psycho-educational student assessments and report writing
- consultancy regarding psychological service to schools and communities
- liaison with welfare agencies or medical specialists
- response and support for critical incident management
- student advocacy
- assistance with the development of whole-school policies and practices (e.g. anti-bullying practices, encouraging proactive student behaviours)
- teacher training and development activities.
Illawarra Christian School also employs a school counsellor who provides additional counselling support for students.
Year 12 Mentor Program
The mentor program at Illawarra Christian School is designed to give particular support and care to our Year 12 students as they face the challenges of their final school year.
Year 12 students each have a mentor with whom they meet weekly. This is an opportunity for the student to be offered support, encouragement and advice, and to be held accountable for study efforts. The mentor assists the student to find a healthy balance between schoolwork and other activities, giving guidance in the allocation of time for study, other school activities, church, social activities, personal devotions, exercise, sport, hobbies and work. Relationships between mentors and students are warm and positive, and they very often continue after students have left school. Mentors show genuine care for their students and pray for them regularly.
In this exciting and challenging year, students are encouraged to be diligent stewards of the gifts God has given them and to commit their learning to God as they grow in their understanding of how they can serve him in all things.