Teaching and Learning

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Program applies over Year 7 - 12. The Pastoral Care Program in the senior school nurtures the students' understanding of themselves and the community into which they are emerging.

Leadership opportunities, together with the School's co-curricular program and the compassionate culture of the Senior School, ensure that Shelford students are sustained and strengthened as they move out into the wider world.

Students in Years 11 to 12 are confronted with much change in their lives. Building on the sound foundation of the Years 7 to 9 Pastoral Care Program, we extend, challenge and resource the emerging young adults of the Shelford Senior College.

The Pastoral Care Program is delivered to the Senior School students by Expert Teachers, who are appropriately trained and who focus on key personal development skills. The areas covered over the year include:

  • Mind Wellbeing
  • Body Wellbeing
  • Learning Solutions
  • Thinking Skills
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Careers Planning
  • Sexual Health
  • Drug Education

These three to four week units of work include guest speakers, individual activities, excursions, brainstorming and discussions.

Middle School Years 7 - 9

Middle School Home Groups

Shelford students participate in an innovative Pastoral Care Program. It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and understandings that enable the girls to value and lead healthy lifestyles. Students in Years 7 -9 are assigned to year level Home Groups.

The School program complements and enhances the efforts made by families and community groups for young people.
Students in Years 7 - 9 are involved in both year level programs and cross age learning. The course is structured around components of study skills and time management, personal development, drug education, health and well-being and leadership and life.

Year 10 and Senior College Home Groups

Shelford students participate in an innovative Pastoral Care Program. It develops skills, knowledge, attitudes and understandings that enable the girls to value and lead healthy lifestyles and to develop as responsible global citizens. In Senior College students are assigned to a Home Group comprised of students at their year level.

Shelford staff members understand that the total development of the individual must be viewed as the sum of many parts: physical, social, emotional, academic and spiritual. The Shelford program promotes health and wellbeing by contributing to a positive self-image, developing self-confidence and cultivating personal and interpersonal skills. The School program complements and enhances the efforts made by families and community groups for young people.

Leadership Day - Years 11 and 12

Students attend a one day seminar at Shelford which establishes the foundation for leadership activities in the Pastoral Care Program for the year. A panel of guests provides the students with an opportunity to identify leadership qualities within themselves, to explore various leadership styles and identify aspects of authentic leadership. The seminar also provides an opportunity for students to develop a mentor network and sets in place a framework for their future leadership aspirations.