Pastoral Care is a very important part of what we do at The Lakes College. Our aim is to ensure that as the College continues to grow in size we are even more conscious of the needs of every individual in the College and able to cater for them. The College’s pastoral care structure aims to provide individualised care for students, opportunities for developing student leadership, peer support and a real sense of belonging and community. Each of these factors contributes to producing well-rounded, positive young adults and good citizens for the wider community. All members of the student body must feel valued and important so that they are happy and therefore able to strive for academic excellence, to progress in all areas of personal growth and to reach their potential in all respects.
The Christian foundation of the College underpins the way we care for our students, and it also provides a philosophical framework that encourages the students to care for each other, thereby promoting student leadership, citizenship and community awareness. The pastoral care structures and programs will cater for all students, not just those experiencing difficulties for a time and it also provides students with avenues for self-expression and success outside the classroom.
Communication between parents and teachers through the student diary is a vital component of our pastoral care. Teachers will check the student diaries regularly and we ask parents to show that they are regularly monitoring their child’s progress by signing them at the end of each week.
Parents are asked to contact classroom teachers / Pastoral Care teachers in the first instance with any concerns about their child or if work needs to be provided for a prolonged absence. It may be appropriate to discuss more serious areas of concern with the Head of Primary or Head of Secondary.