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Year 8

At the start of Year 8 the focus of the Year 8 Pastoral Care is wellbeing and transitioning to High School. To achieve this goal the students participate in a range of programs including;

  • Transition Program ( an 8 day program at the start of the new year)
  • Year 8 camp to Victor Harbor
  • Peer Leaders program
  • Anti Harassment program

The Pastoral Care program uses elements of Positive Education to assist students in developing the Adelaide High School Graduate Qualities. These are:

  • Constructive personal and interpersonal abilities 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Citizenship 
  • Active global awareness 
  • Effective communication skills 
  • An ability to work as an effective team member 
  • Self-awareness and an ability to recognise and value the character strengths of others. 

The students will maintain a Pastoral Care folder throughout their progress through the school, documenting evidence of how they develop their Graduate Qualities. 

Another focus of the program is health and wellbeing. The Adelaide High School Turn Your Health Around program is an inter-disciplinary course aimed at increasing student participation in physical activity and healthy eating habits. Students are encouraged to participate in;

  • The Premier’s be active Challenge
  • Turn Your Health Around Program
  • House competitions

 



Year 9

The Year 9 Pastoral Care program focuses on Wellbeing, Positive Education and the development of the AHS Graduate Qualities. In particular, the development of the Citizenship Graduate Quality is a focus.

Students are required to perform community service, either through a sporting or community association or through the school. The school has developed many partnerships with organisations to provide opportunities for the students to perform community service. These include;

  • Adopt-a-Grave program with the West Tce Cemetery
  • Homework clubs with the Smith Family
  • Community programs, such as ‘Adopt a Railway Station’ with  Adelaide Metro
  • Ecovision with the Trees For Life organisation
  • Preparing meals for the Salvation Army

Another focus of the program is well being and health. The Adelaide High School Turn Your Health Around program is an inter-disciplinary course aimed at increasing student participation in physical activity and healthy eating habits. Students are encouraged to participate in;

  • The Premier’s be active Challenge
  • Turn Your Health Around Program

A highlight of the year is the annual outdoor adventure camp to Woodhouse. The students engage in a range of outdoor activities including mountain bike riding, bushwalking, orienteering and team challenges. 

At the end of Semester 2, the students prepare and present the first task of their Personal Leaning Plan, the round table presentation. Students present their learning on Citizenship, learning style and literacy and numeracy skills to a panel including two staff members and family members.

 



Year 10

The Year 10 Pastoral Care program centres around the development of Wellbeing, Positive Education and the development of the AHS Graduate Qualities. 

Students will develop their character strengths and learn to use these to maximise their learning, relationships and wellbeing. The Year 10 students will participate in resilience training and focus on building 'grit'.

The SACE unit, Personal Learning Plan, forms the core of the Year 10 Pastoral Care program.

The students focus on the capabilities of the learning standards including Citizenship, Learning, Work, Communication and Personal Development. Throughout the year the students complete the 4 tasks tasks of the Personal Learning Plan. This includes assessment tasks based on their goal setting, career investigation, subject selections and pathways.

There is a strong focus on well being in the Year 10 Pastoral Care program.  This includes study skills, learning styles and physical and emotional wellbeing.



Senior School

The vertical grouping of the Senior School is acknowledgement of the fact that the nature of senior secondary schooling should allow for flexible learning, acceleration and extension. Students in the Senior School are quite correctly looking forward to their tertiary studies or towards vocational pathways.

The broad themes of the Pastoral Care Program focus on the development of the Graduate Qualities, Study Skills and independent learning.  These include sessions on time management, preparation for subject counselling, and managing workloads. For Stage 1 students, there is a special emphasis on road safety and a series of SAPOL lectures and presentations are delivered by invited guests. In Stage 2, students are guided through SATAC admission and for all senior students there is a focus on completion of the SACE pattern and the compulsory requirements. Alumni and recent graduates provide insight into tertiary and vocational pathways and this is complemented by the Senior School Tuition Program, where students are tutored by past students according to needs.

In addition there are sessions based around safe behaviours, and exam preparation. There is a host of resource materials available for staff to structure this learning and Pastoral Care teachers are encouraged to develop their own materials around broad themes. The core business is essentially to know each student and to provide the necessary support for individuals to be successful.

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