The cultivation of compassionate care was the fundamental hallmark that distinguished the educational culture created by the first generation of Christian Brothers, and it is a hallmark that continues to distinguish Trinity College today.
While pastoral care is a term that encompasses many different aspects of life at the College, it starts with the unique continuity of care framework that we have in place for our students. Each year group has a dedicated Head of Year, Deputy Principal, and School Psychologist that gets to know students and families, and stays with the boys as they progress from Year 7 to Year 12. This framework ensures that each student and family has dedicated staff members to speak with, who are familiar with their journey at the College.
Just like the campus and curriculum, the Pastoral Care program at Trinity continues to evolve. The Director of Student Services’ role has been recently expanded to oversee the entire spectrum of Pastoral Care, while also bringing a larger focus to the wellbeing and mental health of our students. New initiatives, such as MindMatters and The Big Splash WA, are being incorporated into the program, with activities and guest speakers scheduled for Mental Health Week, R U OK Day, and the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.
The Faith Pillar of the Trinity education is also integral to our pastoral care program. Faith education at Trinity takes a three-pronged approach: The Head (Religious Education), The Heart (Campus Ministry) and The Hands (Christian Service). During their time at Trinity, students will be exposed to a variety of educational experiences allowing them to explore different aspects of Religion and apply it to their everyday life.
Through our Pastoral Care program, we endeavour to develop the whole boy, both inside and outside of the school gates.
In addition to the continuity of care framework and Faith education, there are specialised programs in place for each year group.
Year 7 students
For new Year 7 students, the focus is on transitioning boys from primary to secondary school. Trinity has a robust transition program, which begins with an orientation in which Year 7 students are paired up with Senior Ministers from Year 11, who are carefully selected as role models and mentors. These Senior students work alongside the Year 7 students during their Orientation Day, on their first day of school, and in their Pastoral Care Groups (PCG). The support and friendship that the Year 11 Ministers provide to the Year 7 boys is comforting and helpful, as most of them have been through the same transition into Trinity.
Middle School Years
During the middle school years, the focus moves from transition into personal development. The Becoming Men program is designed to equip Year 9 students with the skills and inner fortitude to tackle the many hurdles that teenagers face in today’s world. This program consists of weekly sessions in which Year 9 students are taught important life skills and given the opportunity to listen to life-experience stories from inspirational guest speakers.
In the senior years, the focus turns to health and wellbeing, with different experts visiting the College to educate students on a variety of topics ranging from sexual health, drug and alcohol abuse, safe driving, and domestic abuse, to study skills and career counselling.