Why have vertical Pastoral Care groups? Vertically arranged Pastoral Care (PC) groups were introduced at St Joseph's Regional College to:
build a Pastoral Care family group,
allow more students the opportunity to take on responsibility, to become more participatory within the college community and to empower them to be an effective member of the college community,
implement a peer support program,
break down the stereotypes of peer pressure.
At St Joseph's Regional College students form Pastoral Care (PC) groups, comprising of students from Years 7-10. Each PC group is part of a HOUSE, as students move into Year 11 and 12 they form a new senior PC group within that House. Students, therefore, remain in PC with some of their peers right throughout Years 7 - 12.
These House groups, under the leadership of the Pastoral Care Coordinators and student House Prefects, forge strong House Spirit amongst the PC groups. This spirit is most evident at our sporting carnivals and St Joseph the Worker Feast Day activities. Each year one House is awarded the Father Leo Donnelly House Shield.