At St Margaret’s College we believe in a holistic education that embraces the spiritual and emotional wellbeing of our students, as well as their academic growth and their development in sport and the arts. Positive relationships are powerful in our learning community and the sense of ‘family’ is fostered from Years 0 to 13.
All students have a team of people who can wrap around them at any given time. Their Tutor (or form teacher in Junior School) has an overview of their wellbeing, academic progress and extracurricular involvement and is the contact person for parents to communicate with. This is the basis for our House Tutor System which provides the cornerstone for the pastoral care of our students. Our House system is made up of six houses and the friendly rivalry between them in sporting and cultural competitions is a colourful and vibrant part of life at St Margaret’s College.
Middle School and Senior School House Tutor Groups ensure a seamless transition in their pastoral care as girls progress through school, and a strong link between all age groups. There are approximately 15 students in each Tutor Group.
When a new girl joins St Margaret’s College, she is allocated a ”buddy” to help her to settle, especially during the first weeks of the year. The boarding community mirrors the day school with House groups and a programme designed to support a new boarder in those first weeks and months of the year, helping all students become fully immersed in every day St Margaret’s life.
In addition to the support provided by the Tutors and student buddies, the roles of Lisa Williams (Deputy Head of Middle School) and James Evans (Deputy Head of Senior School – Student Care & Experience) are both committed to the wellbeing of students, families and staff. They are supported by their respective Heads of School, Kathryn Gray (Middle School) and Sian Evans (Senior School), the Associate Principal, Jennie Nairn, and two full-time counsellors with other health professionals in our Health Centre.
As always, our focus is on how we can be the best for our girls, so they can be the best they can be in their academic, personal development and co-curricular pursuits. The Wellbeing at SMC Brochure provides more detail on how wellbeing is woven into all aspects of the school, ensuring a true sense of support and community.