The welfare of students at St Bede’s College is paramount. Each student is entitled to the opportunity to participate, learn and achieve their best. The pastoral care structure of the College aims to support students through their time at St Bede’s.
Years 7 – 10 Bentleigh East and Years 7 – 9 Mentone
Each student in Years 7–10 at Bentleigh East and Years 7 -9 at Mentone will have a Homeroom Teacher and Year Level Co-ordinator who work together to monitor the overall progress and development of students in their group.
While individual subject teachers are responsible for students in their classes and the child’s academic progress in that particular subject, the structure of Years 7-9 is designed so that the Homeroom Teacher will usually teach the students in their homeroom in at least one of their subjects, attend camps and assist with sport and co-curricular activities.
Years 10 – 12 (House System) – Mentone
Students in Years 10–12 are divided into four Houses operating under the care of four House Co-ordinators. The House system focuses on a vertical structure.
There are ten Tutor Groups in each House with a Tutor assigned to a group of students made up of these three year levels. The Tutor System is designed to provide students with access to the support of the Tutor and also the opportunity to learn from the experiences of other students within the group.
House Co-ordinator’s work in conjunction with their team of Tutors to ensure the students’ needs are met and progress monitored.
Care and Wellbeing
Students requiring specialised assistance have access to the College Wellbeing Centre. Four fully qualified Counsellors are available to all students at St Bede’s College. They offer support and guidance to students and are able to provide ongoing support to those in sensitive or critical situations. Students may self-report to a Counsellor or may be referred by parents or Co-ordinators.
In addition to Homeroom teachers, Tutors, Co-ordinators and Counsellors, students may also take concerns to staff outside of their direct pastoral group. Students have access to special Coordinators for Student Management and Wellbeing. At the Mentone Campus, one is responsible for Years 7–9 and one responsible for Years 10-12. At Bentleigh East the Campus Student Coordinators works with the Year Level leaders in Year 7 -10 and is responsible for all students on that Campus.
All members of the College Community are bound by a common approach to pastoral care as detailed in the St Bede’s College Pastoral Care Policy.