As part of St Andrew’s College Pastoral Care programme, we assign each student to a tutor group along with 10–15 other students. Their tutor teacher is responsible for the well-being of every student within their tutor group and stays with them for five years from Years 9–13. During that five year period, each student will get to know their tutor well. Each year group is overseen by a Dean, who provides another point of contact for students.
Our Pastoral Care programme is embedded throughout the curriculum at St Andrew’s College. Whilst we have an expectation that all teachers are always in a role of caring for our students, every student has focused time with their tutor teacher.
In the Secondary School, over a period of five years, each tutor teacher is assigned the care of 10–15 students. Each group meets four out of five days – providing optimal time for each tutor teacher to get to know your child well. The tutor teachers have a clearly enunciated responsibility to not only support academic progress, but to care for the wider needs of those students.
Tutor teachers are the prime carers for students in their tutor group and are responsible for tracking academic progress, taking a special interest in extra-curricular activities, helping with relationship issues, and monitoring emotional well-being. Any pastoral and/or academic concerns will be raised with the Dean, who in turn may involve the Guidance Team.
Tutors are supported by year group Deans, who support and resource the tutors, and by the Heads of Middle School and Senior College who oversee the work of the Deans in their area. Our Deans offer multiple points of reference from top academic students needing mentoring, through to students with significant emotional, psychological, and physical needs.
We ensure all students have the skills, aptitudes and abilities to cope with what is presented to them during their time at the College. Our Pastoral Care programme stretches far beyond the academic. It encompasses physical, mental, social, and emotional wellbeing.
Students are encouraged to participate in the traditions and values St Andrew’s College offers. Our Presbyterian heritage underpins the Pastoral Care programme from Religious Education (RE) classes through to formal chapel services.
As a family focused school, St Andrew’s College provides many opportunities to cultivate relationships with caregivers. These include:
As a deliberate and strategic action, St Andrew’s College delivers the Te Waka programme to Year 10 students. This is a time when students experience many personal changes and challenges. In recognition of this, all Year 10 students are exposed to a weekly three hour intensive intervention called The Te Waka programme. This transformational programme comprises The Rite Journey, The Duke of Edinburgh, our Outdoor Education experience and the Health Syllabus.
St Andrew’s College has a deliberate and strategic Pastoral Care programme that is well resourced . We are committed to the wellbeing of our students in the following ways:
St Andrew’s recognises the importance of a robust and multifaceted Pastoral Care programme. To ensure we deliver on our outcomes, specialist programmes, staff, and services are invested in and fully resourced. These include:
“One of the biggest strengths St Andrew’s College offers is its staff and their authentic interest in students as people. Teachers take the time to get to know you, your siblings, your interests and strengths as well as your goals. They really put in an extra effort to help you reach your goals, and use their knowledge about you to tailor the way they guide you to achieve them.”
Rosa Garcia Knight (OC 2017)