Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

We want everyone in our College to feel happy, safe and included every day.


Children entering Woodvale find themselves at an exciting, although sometimes daunting, stage of their lives. We support each student to make good choices and to adjust to the expectations of secondary education through a strong pastoral care program.


Home Room teachers work with our Head of Years and Year Co-ordinators to guide the students, monitor academic progress, assist with study programs and offer counselling and personal growth opportunities. Our staff are supported by the Associate Principals,Vice Principal, Principal and the Pastoral Care support team.


Each student belongs to one of four House groups: Centaurus, Orion, Pegasus and Phoenix, with the same Home Room teacher from Years 7 to 12. This enables teachers to keep an eye on each student’s academic progress, co-curricular commitments and wellbeing, while giving them the opportunity to make friends amongst their year group.

The Chaplain, the Psychologist, and the Health Nurse also provide specialist care.


Students are encouraged to take an active part in school life to develop a sense of connectedness and belonging, and the House system fosters this through regular sporting carnivals and activities.


Our Chaplain Mr Sean Hampshire works closely alongside Head of Years as well as other staff around the College and will frequently work with students in a one on one setting. He is also responsible for organising and facilitating social/emotional wellbeing programs – primarily aimed at Years 7- 9. These groups are approx. 8-12 students with zones being rotated so that the students don’t consistently miss the same class each week. Sean runs our breakfast club at the College.


Our School Health Nurse Angela Gordon provides health care information for issues including:

  • mental health and wellbeing
  • healthy lifestyle – nutrition and physical activity
  • development and growth
  • relationships and sexual health and
  • alcohol and other drugs.

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