An important part of the College’s pastoral commitment is
to help students to develop their social relationships and work together to
create a harmonious homeroom experience for all. The name of the program
designed specifically for Year 8 students is called Stepping Stones. This
program provides a wonderful opportunity for the home room group to go away
together, to form bonds of friendship and respect and to enjoy some fun and
challenge as a group.
The objectives of the program are:
- To help students to reflect on their personal journey at this stage of
their lives and to encourage them to start thinking about the next steps in
- To encourage each student to recognize and share their talents and
- To assist them to recognize and value the talents and gifts of others.
- To encourage community building within the home room group.
Rock and Water
Rock and Water aims to assist students in their
development to adulthood and to become authentic men and women who are conscious
of their own power and responsibility within society and their related tasks.
Physical exercises are constantly linked with mental and social skills. The
program leads from simple self defense, boundary and communication exercises to
a strong notion of self-confidence, self-control and self-reflection. It offers
a framework of exercises and ideas about transition into adulthood to assist
students to become aware of purpose and motivation in their lives. Topics
include: intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive
feeling, positive thinking and positive visualizing.
Uniquely Year 9
The aims of this pastoral program include allowing
students to step out of the classroom and the College for a unique learning
experience, recognizing their stage of development and their search of their own
identity. Helped by this experience, they have the opportunity to look more
closely within, to develop a better understanding of themselves and others, to
work together to solve problems and respond to challenges, and to grow in
awareness of the world and their place in it. Students travel to various sites
in the state, in their home room groups, and engage in activities that are
designed to challenge them, to provide fun and group bonding and to allow time
for personal reflection.
Year 10 is a time in the lives of many young people when they feel
most acutely the complexities of growing up. Feeling “on the edge” is probably
the experience of many adolescents during this period of their lives: on the
edge of VCE and “serious” study; on the edge of self-discovery; negotiating the
edge between platonic friendships and romantic intimacy, between adolescence and
adulthood; walking the edge between individual spirituality and organized
religion. It is a time of risk, of choice and decision-making, of questioning
In the unique and special environment of St Monica’s
country campus Ostia, students, in gender groups, have the opportunity to
explore through a range of activities the following five themes which have been
identified as important area of concern to young people in Year 10 –
relationships, decision making, emotional development, identity and