Student Wellbeing

OUR CULTURE

SCHOOL LIFE

At Calvary Christian College we are committed to equipping and empowering our students to be emotionally, physically, intellectually, socially and spiritually resilient in preparation for the real world.

Our students have access to people, programs and technology that will foster and develop their character and skills to enable them to effectively and successfully interact in their world.  We teach our students the value of respect for themselves, each other, and those in authority.

Our students learn the importance of respect and the power of confidence through the opportunity to engage in a range of extra-curricular activities such as camps, sports and creative arts pursuits.  

Guidance and support is provided by a dedicated Chaplaincy Team, Classroom/Pastoral Care Teachers, Year Level Coordinators and Student Leaders/Mentors who encourage our students to honour commitments, stand firm on their beliefs and become an influence for good in their world.

PASTORAL CARE TEAM

“All Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing.” - National Safe Schools Framework

 

“Therefore encourage and comfort one another and build up one another.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (AMP)

 

In line with the National Safe Schools Framework, and supported by our strong Christian foundation, Calvary Christian College is committed to providing all students with a supported and connected school culture to help your child become the best they can be.

 

Every Calvary Team Member is part of our Pastoral Care network, with classroom teachers being the first people to connect with your child on a daily basis. Our dedicated Pastoral Care Team, including Chaplains and a Student Welfare Officer, oversee support programs offered to students and work with the Principal and teaching staff to develop and maintain a positive and encouraging College environment.

 

Links:

- National Safe Schools Framework 

- Email: pastoralcare@calvary.qld.edu.au

 

CHAPLAINCY TEAM

“Chaplaincy is a unique service that is…proving effective in offering care, building the social skills of students, and encouraging responsible behaviour.” - National School Chaplaincy Association

 

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” John 13:35

 

The Calvary Christian College Chaplaincy Team are a wonderful group of people committed to supporting your child emotionally, socially and spiritually to become all that they can be.

 

The Chaplaincy Team implement activities and programs designed to complement other support services at the College. While our Chaplains are available to offer general support to all students, the College also employees a Student Welfare Officer who is able to provide a greater level of support and advice to parents linking them to external services where required.

 

Our Chaplaincy Team are committed to also providing opportunities for all of our students to connect with the message of Christ and to experience the loving nature of God. Our Chapel services are a great way for students to hear the word of God and worship together.

 

The Chaplaincy Team facilitates lunchtime programs and also strongly connects with the Calvary Youth Team from Calvary Christian Church to offer year-level specific programs to our students. Our College Chaplains also serve as our Defence Transition Mentors.

 

The College acknowledges the assistance of the Australian Government Department of Education Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) in funding our Chaplaincy Team.

 

Links:

- National School Chaplaincy Association 

- Email: pastoralcare@calvary.qld.edu.au

 

CHAPEL

Calvary is a Christian College not only by name, but by experience.  For that reason, Chapel exists to provide an opportunity for the students to have a relationship with God.

 

We have a great line up of fantastic guest speakers to bless the students and staff.  Alongside Chapel, we also run programs to teach students valuable life lessons.

 

The themes used in Chapels throughout the year include:

  • The Gospel

  • God’s Love

  • Caring for Others

  • Serving our World

STUDENT WELFARE OFFICER

The role of the Student Welfare Officer at Calvary is vital in responding to some of the concerning issues our students are faced with each and every day. Children may face challenges as the result of transitions, difficulty with academic progress, struggles with relationships and situations at home and with their family life may also present as a concern for them. Our Students Welfare Officer is dedicated to personally meeting with students who have presented with heightened concerns so that we may work with parents to develop a plan of support.

 

Calvary Christian College is bound by duty of care requirements and the Children and Young People Act (2008). Consequently, College Staff, including our Student Welfare Officer, have a mandatory reporting obligation in certain situations as legislated.

 

Links:

- Beyond Blue

- Centacare

- Family and Child Connect

- Headspace

- Kids Helpline

- Relationships Australia

- Email: pastoralcare@calvary.qld.edu.au

DEFENCE FAMILIES
 
“We must never forget why we have, and why we need our military. Our armed forces exist solely to ensure our nation is safe, so that each and every one of us can sleep soundly at night knowing we have “guardians at the gate’.” Allen West

Calvary Christian College is proud to support the children of our ADF families.  We recognise the difficulties encountered by Defence families with postings, deployments and associated issues involved with re-location to a new and unfamiliar environment. The College has caring staff who understand pressures associated with posting, deployment and military exercises. The sacrifice military personnel and their families make require them to be part of a caring community – and this is what Calvary has successfully developed.

 

DEFENCE SCHOOL MENTOR (DSM)

Calvary Christian College is committed to supporting defence students and their families, and they do this through The Defence School Mentor (DSM) Program. This program is part of both the Primary and Secondary campuses, and has the purpose of providing support to the children of mobile Defence families.  It involves on-site, direct and flexible assistance to students, parents, teachers and other support services.

The Program’s mission is to assist Defence students and their families in four key areas as they transition from one school to another. The key areas are:

  • welcoming;

  • integrating;

  • absence support; and

  • farewelling.

DSM activities include:

  • Assisting children and families to integrate into the new school and local community,

  • monitoring the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of Defence students,

  • helping students develop self-confidence, self-reliance and resilience,

  • referring students to services, or school and community programs that meet their needs,

  • enhancing awareness and appreciation of the unique Defence lifestyle in schools and communities, and

  • providing support to children during times of parental absence.

 

Links:

 

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