A warm relationship is encouraged between teachers and boys through a willingness on the part of staff to ensure that boys are properly cared for. In developing Christian, pro-social and self-disciplined behaviour, the School staff have a crucial part to play both directly and indirectly through guidance and positive role modelling.
THE HEAD MASTER AND HIS EXECUTIVE
The Head Master and his Executive are responsible for the overall philosophical direction of Pastoral Care within the School. The Middle School initiative represents one of the more recent focuses in the provision of Pastoral Care, incorporating a greater emphasis on the developmental needs of adolescent boys and their emotional and social development. All specific Pastoral Care personnel are responsible to the Head Master through the Senior Master, Masters of the Senior, Middle, Junior and Preparatory Schools. The Masters of the Senior, Middle, Junior and Preparatory Schools are each the Chairperson of their respective Pastoral Committees. The Senior Master is the Chairman of the Summer Hill Pastoral Committee.
The Chaplain plays a major Pastoral role in the School. Boys are encouraged to seek the Chaplain’s advice, as well as that of their Housemaster, Middle School Housemaster, Classroom teacher (Pre-K to 6) or the Preparatory School Chaplain (Strathfield) when they encounter problems. The Chaplain is also a sympathetic counsellor when there are domestic troubles within the family. The position also involves teaching of Christian Studies in addition to responsibility for worship in the Chapel.
HOUSEMASTERS (Years 10-12) and (Years 7-9)
MIDDLE SCHOOL HOUSEMASTERS (Years 7-9)
The Housemasters and Middle School Housemaster aim to know each student well in the year groups that they are responsible for in their Houses, in order to guide and support each student’s all-round development according to the School’s stated aims. Some important areas of development include:
> Ensuring each student is appropriately extended in study.
> Guiding students into playing an active role in sport, consistent with the Sports Policy, while also encouraging other pursuits and cultural activities that will extend a student’s view of life and involvement at Trinity.
> Fostering, and closely monitoring, opportunities for social interaction in leadership and service activities, as well as in non-demanding recreational occasions.
> Providing stimulating opportunities to discover their own philosophy of life and to learn tolerance of others. The way of Jesus Christ is presented as a challenging and valid life commitment.
TUTORS (Middle and Senior School)
Housemasters and Middle School Housemasters are assisted by Tutors in the House. The Tutor has the smallest pastoral unit that the School officially provides. This role is central to the delivery of Pastoral Care, both directly (by effective facilitating of the Life Skills Programme) and in the multitude of informal interactions with members of his or her Tutor Group.
CLASSROOM TEACHERS (Pre-K to Year 6)
The class teacher is the crucial provider of Pastoral Care in Pre-K to 6. Class teachers gain as much knowledge as they can about each boy in their charge: his parents and his family, his cognitive abilities and attitudes, his ability at games, his hobbies and interests, his hopes and fears. They act as the boy’s adviser. The class teachers (Pre-K to 6) give correction and guidance to the boys when there are breaches of discipline. They build up a record of each boy that contains details concerning work, sport, social adjustment and so on. The class teacher (Pre-K to 6) will normally be the first contact person for parents concerning any matter relating to their son.
The major responsibilities of the School Counsellors include:
> facilitating group programmes aimed at enhancing intrapersonal and interpersonal skills of identified special needs and ‘At Risk’ students.
> psychological and educational assessment of individual students as referred by teachers, parents, external specialists and students themselves.
> consulting with parents and teachers concerning educational support for referred students.
> providing direct short term counselling to individual students as necessary.
> establishing and maintaining a referral network (internal and external, private and public) for students with special needs and ‘At Risk’ students.
> assisting in applications for School Certificate and Higher School Certificate special provisions for students with disabilities.
THE CAREERS ADVISER
The Careers Adviser, in consultation with Housemasters, Counsellors and Academic Support teachers, provides assistance to individual students in career planning and academic course planning. The Careers Adviser also co-ordinates vocational assessment and consultation for all Year 10 students.