Pastoral Care

W e believe that every girl is entitled to live in a congenial, nurturing environment in which she can develop and flourish; one in which she can mature into a well-rounded, fulfilled person, realising her personal goals and ambitions. The function of the Wellness Team is to ensure that girls are cared for and supported.

Each girl is assigned to a small group under the care of a tutor, who is a member of the academic staff. Girls meet with their tutors before school on most mornings and for a longer period once a week. The tutors get to know the girls in their group well and often are the first to recognise incipient problems or difficulties.

Academically, Grade Heads keep a finger on the pulse in the classrooms and our educational psychologist intervenes when necessary. Girls are encouraged to consult the educational psychologist if they experience any barriers to optimal learning.

Girls’ emotional needs are cared for by the clinical psychologist who is available for one-on-one short-term counselling with girls. The clinical psychologist is also active in advising, training and educating the staff on the care of adolescent girls. Housemistresses develop close relationships with the girls in their care and parents are always welcome to approach the Housemistress with concerns, questions or just a chat.

Physically, girls who are ill are cared for by two live-in nursing sisters and a GP visits the school every morning. The Wellness Team ensures that the girls’ dietary needs are met by holding regular meetings with the caterers, and the girls are encouraged to stay physically fit by taking part in exercise.

Spiritually, the chaplain is available to girls for counselling and girls may belong to the active SCA group.