In Year 7, students are placed into Contact Groups.
Each day, Contact Groups have a short meeting for recording attendance and listening to the Daily Notices. Each week students meet with their Contact Group and teacher for a special 40 minute COMPASS pastoral care lesson. Students explore social and emotional concepts such as positive behaviour for learning, cyber safety, resilience and relationships. Students also progressively work towards compiling their Student Pathways Plan. This involves setting personal goals, discussing subject choices and study choices and looking at plans for the future.
Parents are encouraged to get to know their child's COMPASS Group Teacher as this teacher follows their contact group through to the end of year 10. The COMPASS Group Teacher is the first point of contact for issues requiring clarification.
Topics currently addressed through the COMPASS pastoral care curriculum include:
MindMatters is a mental health initiative for secondary schools that aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of young people. We call it a ‘framework’, in that it provides structure, guidance and support while enabling schools to build their own mental health strategy to suit their unique circumstances. MindMatters provides school staff with blended professional learning that includes online resources, face-to-face events, webinars and support. All content has been informed by strong evidence in the area of school mental health and wellbeing. The use of MindMatters’ comprehensive resources has mental health benefits for the entire school community – including students, families and school staff.
MindMatters is based on the principle that the best mental health strategy is one that prevents issues from arising in the first place. For this reason MindMatters helps schools promote positive mental health through the whole school community, and aims to prevent mental health difficulties in students by taking steps to improve relationships and resilience. MindMatters provides staff with practical advice and guidance so that they can support students who may be struggling with mental health difficulties in a timely and appropriate way. Promotion, prevention and early intervention are central tenets of the MindMatters’ approach.
The MindMatters mental health framework is built around four key components:
C1 Positive school community
C2 Student skills for resilience
C3 Parents and families
C4 Support for students experiencing mental health difficulties
Together these components provide a holistic and comprehensive view of student mental health and wellbeing within the wider school community.
Each component is explored through a number of stand-alone online modules covering different topics. These modules include animation, video, interactive tools and downloadable resources and take around one hour to complete. Each module has a facilitator guide and can be explored individually or in a group. Special face-to-face events and experienced support from Principals Australia Institute project officers complement the online resources and help schools to implement what they have learnt.