Burdekin Catholic High School places a great emphasis on the pastoral care of all students and the School is renowned for its positive family atmosphere.
This is in keeping with its motto: ‘One in Christ’. When all live by this motto, we each accept others as members of our family and care for others in the same way we care for those in our home.
While every member of the school staff, and indeed every student, has a responsibility towards others in the BCHS community, the Pastoral Team has a special commitment towards meeting the pastoral needs of all students. The Pastoral Team consists of:
- Assistant Principal Pastoral;
- Pastoral Coordinators
- Indigenous Education Teacher.
- Youth Support Coordinator
In addition the school has a Learning Enrichment Team responsible for the curriculum support of students in need.
Each student is placed in home rooms under the guidance of a Home Room Teacher.
A Pastoral Coordinator is appointed for each Year Level. The Pastoral Coordinator is a point of communication between school and home, and fosters the personal growth of all students in the Year Level.
A School Counsellor adds their individual expertise to the pastoral structure of the school. The School Counsellor works four days a week. Students may self-refer or be referred by a teacher. Any student may decline to see the Counsellor. Confidentiality is assured by the Counsellor.
The School Chaplain is financially supported by the Commonwealth Government’s Chaplaincy in Schools program. Each year, the school provides feedback to the Government on the success, or otherwise, of the program. Parents and students are invited to provide feedback to the school on the Chaplaincy in Schools program.
The Indigenous Education Teacher has a team to support the welfare of indigenous students in the school and to attain the aim that each indigenous student graduates from Year 12 with opportunities for further study or suitable work. The School Elder, an Advisory Committee and community and school personnel assist with a mentoring program to achieve the school indigenous objectives.
Our school’s Pastoral Structure is rounded off by a well-developed relationship with supporting professionals in the Burdekin and Townsville district. Referrals can be made to Rural Health, consulting Psychologists, Doctors or Paediatricians. These can be arranged through the school with parent permission, and the school assists with payments where there is the financial need.