Student welfare or school‑based pastoral care refers to the total care of the individual. Pastoral care is an important aspect of Oakhill College. At Oakhill College pastoral care practices are based on Catholic values and a belief in the uniqueness of each individual.
Pastoral Care in the College operates within a six House system. On entry to the College, all students are allocated to a House. Years 7, 8 and 9 students are grouped in horizontal pastoral care groups and Year 10, 11 and 12 are grouped in vertical pastoral care groups. There are 12 Tutor groups (two for each House) in Years 7, 8 and 9 and ten Tutor groups in Years 10, 11 and 12. Each of these Year groups have the same Dean and Tutor teacher for the three years.
In this system, the Year Deans (Years 7-9), House Deans (Years 10‑12) and Tutor teachers are primarily responsible for the care and attendance of the students. In addition, there are two Heads of School and three Counsellors, two full-time and one part‑time.
Our Pastoral Care Program is reviewed regularly to ensure it meets the needs of our students. All students at Oakhill College participate in a range of activities during their time at the College. There are three main ways the College ensures every student is well known:
- An age-appropriate Pastoral Care Program
- Regular Tutor conversations with their Tutor teacher
- Cohort meetings
Student Contribution and Achievement
Recognition of student achievement, contribution and excellence is the most effective approach to pastoral care. Affirmation of good conduct helps to develop self-esteem, well-being and self-efficacy, while nurturing a sense of belonging.
The following are offered at Oakhill College:
- Teacher merits
- Public recognition: in House Meetings, Tutor Groups, Assemblies; achievement in sport and cultural activities; premiership trophies; State and National representation, etc
- Oakhill Cup House Competition
- Level Awards (further information is available in the College diary, pages 26-32)
- Principal’s Morning Tea for outstanding service to the College (held once a semester)
As soon as students commence at Oakhill College, they are provided with decision-making and leadership opportunities. Some of the opportunities offered to our students are:
- Student Representative Council
- Class Captains
- College and House Captains
- Lasallian Youth Leader
- Sporting Leadership opportunities
Our Houses are named after significant brothers. Each of the other Houses commemorates De La Salle Brothers who have contributed to our rich history and tradition.