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Pastoral Care Report - February 7, 2019

author: Brad Murray

7 Feb

Pastoral Care Report - February 7, 2019

2019 Pastoral Care Program: Information for Parents

Positive Psychology – “Thriving Mind" – Year 10 Students

At St Patrick’s College, the concept of ‘positive psychology’ is incorporated in to our Year 10 Pastoral Care Program.  This coming Monday, 11 February will see all Year 10 students attend a seminar called “Thriving Mind”. Thriving Mind is an evidence based educational program based on the practice of positive psychology. The workshop will be led by Romi Kaufman, a psychologist, who has worked as the senior psychology and the Head of Wellbeing at The Reach Foundation, as well was a curriculum writer for the Black Dog Institute. This workshop will focus on concepts such as mindfulness, gratitude, resilience and character strengths. Parents were sent a letter regarding this event earlier this week.


A Day of Hope / Men of Honour – Year 11 Students

On Thursday 21 and Friday 22 February, all Year 11 students will attend a two-day seminar with guest presenter Glen A. Gerreyn, which will involve learning about what it means to be a good man, and to work towards living a hope filled life. Parents were sent a letter regarding this event earlier this week.

Developing resilience, working towards being a good man, and living a hope-filled life, involves young men developing a sense of empathy and gratitude.  Both programs for our Year 10 and 11 programs focus on this explicitly; however, these concepts are also covered in the Pastoral Care Program for all other year levels.


Please see below a list of all wellbeing events scheduled for 2019 – if a date is applicable to your son, can I please ask you to mark this in your calendars for future reference:

FEBRUARY 11  – Year 10 ‘Thriving Mind’ / Student and staff presentations

  • Venue: Pavilion

  • Student Session 1 – 10A, 10B, 10C, 10D, 10E – 11.00am – 12.25pm (Session 4&5)

  • Student Session 2 – 10F, 10G, 10H, 10I, 10EJ – 2.00pm– 3.25pm (Session 7&8)

FEBRUARY 21 & 22Year 11 Men of Honour / A Day of Hope

  • Venue: Pavilion

  • Day 1: 9am – 3.25pm (All day)

  • Day 2: 9am – 10.30am (Session 1&2)

MARCH 19Year 8 Father / Son night

  • Venue: Gym

  • Registration letters will be sent to parents soon

  • Event – 6.30pm – 8.30pm

MAY 21Year 7 Mother / Son night

  • Gym

  • Registration letters will be sent to parents soon

  • Event – 6.30pm – 8.00pm

MAY 23Year 7, 8, 9 Guest Speaker – Willie Green (USA)

  • Venue: Gym

  • Student Session – 11am – 1140am (Session 4)

JULY 29Year 7 and 8 Brainstorm Productions

  • Venue: Pavilion

  • Year 7 Session – 9am – 10.30am (Session 2&3)

  • Year 8 – 10.55am – 12.25pm (Session 4&5)

AUGUST 5Year 11 Carmen Road Safety

  • Venue: Pavilion

  • Student Session – 9am – 10.30pm (Session 2&3)

For more information on our Pastoral Care program, please visit:


I would encourage all students and parents to fully engage and participate in all of our wellbeing programs on offer, as they are an integral element of our broader mission to educate the whole person.

Kind regards,

Mr Bradley Murray

Pastoral Care Coordinator