Ask any Strathcona parent or any Strathcona student. There’s something special about this school … a warmth and friendliness that is palpable. It is a supportive and highly interconnected network of family, teachers and friends.
Maintaining the wellbeing of our students is a primary concern at Strathcona. This is developed and encouraged within a climate where students and staff respect the rights and values of others.
This central value of being a caring, responsible member of her school is extended to the families of our School and the wider community through our many and varied social service activities. Strathcona is proud of its reputation as a ‘caring and nurturing school’.
What is Pastoral Care at Strathcona?
Pastoral Care at Strathcona is designed to develop self-esteem in our students, to encourage the girls to participate, become part of a team and take on leadership roles. Ultimately, it is about valuing and respecting each student … nurturing her confidence and giving her a strong sense of belonging. With our range of cross-age programs, Strathcona is an extension of the home environment. Girls are given exciting choices, encouraged to take on challenges and are provided with a support network to ensure that any concerns that they may have are resolved quickly. Such care gives them every chance of success both personally and academically.
Pastoral Care for the Individual
Throughout her school years, each student at Strathcona is mentored to assess her specific needs. Charting the progress of the girls is more than a means of monitoring academic development; it’s our way of ensuring that the personality of each girl comes to the fore. To achieve this, we rely on a talented team led by the Dean of Students, our Counsellor and our Chaplain, who provide counselling when needed and are constantly in touch with the ebb and flow of school life to follow student development.
Preparing Students for Life Beyond School
Our commitment to Pastoral Care underlies all our programs, our curriculum and co-curricular activities. We believe that being successful in life does not only come from having the confidence to achieve academically. It comes from developing each girl’s emotional intelligence; her resilience, confidence and compassion for others.