Pastoral Care

Pastoral care is the total climate of care which exists in a school. It reflects the central Christian ethos of individuals caring for and respecting one another.

At St Pius X College there is a strong focus within the College of pastoral care in the Edmund Rice tradition. The context is one of a shared partnership with parents in the formation and education of their son(s).

St Pius X College is committed to providing an Inclusive Community, a touchstone of EREA, where every person feels welcomed, accepted, valued and equipped to achieve their personal best. Pastoral Care cultivates an environment and culture that supports the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and spiritual development of every student throughout their school learning and growth journey. St Pius X College utilises the Australian Government initiative “Be You” to provide educators with knowledge, resources and strategies for helping young people achieve their best possible mental health.  Every teacher at St Pius X is a teacher of well-being and every interaction is seen as an opportunity to enhance/build shape/ the well-being of the students and the community.

The Pastoral Wellbeing of students is a priority for all teachers and our pastoral care of students includes the following key figures and teams:

  • Head of Student Services
  • Year Coordinators
  • College Counselling Team
  • Careers Advisor
  • Educational Support Group

Pastoral Care teams exist in each year cohort.

Senior students in Years 11 and 12 are also involved in leadership programs with students from Year 11 directing Peer Support groups in Year 5 and 7.

A program of camps and retreats also reinforces our pastoral care philosophy.


The elements in the Pastoral Care Network are:

  • Homeroom teachers in Pastoral Care teams under Year Coordinators 7-12
  • Class teachers (Years 5 and 6)
  • Counselling
  • The Referral System
  • Head of Student Services
  • Sporting and Co-curricular programs
  • Camps, retreats & excursions
  • Parish Youth Minister
  • Prayer room groups, class and Year cohort Masses
  • Parent/Teacher meetings
  • Peer Support program
  • Recognition and reward for achievement
  • Access to a dedicated team of Counsellors and Registered Psychologists under the new Commonwealth Government initiative for Mental Health entitled  “Be You
  • Mentors/mentees and student empowerment teams
  • Prefects and Seniors as Leaders
  • Class Captain (Years 5 and 6)
  • House Captains & Vice Captains
  • House System with leadership opportunities for Middle School (Years 7-10)
  • Our Lady of Dolours Parish links
  • Digital Health and Wellness; and ICT education
Download the Pastoral Care Brochure Here