Pastoral care at Southern Cross – getting it right
Pastoral care for each student is at the centre of our school. The origins lie in the sense of gentle tending to the needs emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. All teachers at Southern Cross Campus know this about students: those who feel safe and who feel cared for are able to come to school ready to learn.
The House system is the bridge across isolation for many students, and the Houses provide a road map for successful continued learning. Southern Cross College has four “Houses” – whanau – Kauri, Pohutukawa, Rimu and Totara Houses. Each student belongs to one of these Houses – most likely, if there are siblings or family – that will be a reason why a student joins that House.
Through the Houses, each student receives support for their learning success and the well-being and care.
If a student needs support either for the small issues that make life hard or in a time of crisis – problems at home, trouble with transport affecting attendance, uniform passes – or if they need to start making better decisions about courses to take at one of the many universities and polytechnics we liaise with – the Houses are the first place to go.
Students can access health services – including on site nurses, regular doctor and dentist visits, physiotherapy, counselling and guidance services through the Houses; they can access mentors for their study at senior levels; they have onsite access to leaders and teachers and specialists who care.
Leadership and providing the right services are really important, so that the whole school is working together successfully. That’s why the House leadership now has two House Leaders and the team of Learning Advisors working in small groups day to day with the students. The extensive nature of the pastoral care gives safety and anchor for the students, and support, leadership and management for the Learning Advisors.
Each student will belong to a Learning Advisory Group, with a teacher who is primed to be a core relationship for that student. This small group of students work together on getting attendance and uniform right and making sure that success happens daily at school. Southern Cross Campus College is committed to building an engaged, student-led community – so within the Houses, students can step into leadership opportunities. The Peer Support leaders and the House Prefect system are the top rewards for any student here. These roles are aspired to; students who achieve Prefect in their Year 13 group are role models.
For the five years a student is at Southern Cross Campus College, the Houses provide a visible support and setting of the expectations through the home visits and phone calls, parent-teacher nights, and the regular school house assemblies.
We are actively building a positive and restorative school through the House system. For many, the highlights of the House system each year are the spectacular athletics day and the swimming day competitions; the talent quest and music night performances. Engaged students who are safe, cared for, and who are achieving well at college will have worked together with many teachers within the House. The Houses become your family.