Our approach to Pastoral Care

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Relationships – the key ingredient in our school.

At MBBC our pastoral care focus is on developing boys that are equipped to tackle the world beyond the College gates. We do this through our emphasis on the development of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile attributes. IB learners strive to be Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk takers, Balanced and Reflective. From Prep through to Senior, boys use this language in consideration of their own personal development and their relationships with others in the community.

Pastoral care is programmed into every classroom across the school, with age-specific learning delivered to support boys’ ongoing development into young men of character. With the supporting IB Learner Profile, students will engage in the valuable language and action that will see our boys develop the personal and social skills.

The “Eagle’s Flight” is the core framework through which we support behaviour and encourage student recognition. This approach is based on our IB Learner Profile attributes and our Code of Conduct to guide and support boys through their school interactions and encourage them to make positive choices.

Primary Class teachers are primarily responsible for care of their students and are the first ‘port of call’ for boys and their parents regarding any concerns that may arise. The Assistant Head of Primary (Pastoral) is also available should an issue or concern require additional assistance and support. The Head of Primary is Mr Curtis.

In the Secondary School, form teachers provide the core support for our boys and parents with the Assistant Head of Secondary – Pastoral available for further assistance along with the Head of Secondary.

A strong student leadership program led by the Head of College and Heads of each sub-school sees our boys develop skills and enact formal leadership as Year 6 House Vice Captains, our Student Representative Council (SRC) for Years 7 – 11 and our College Captains (Year 12).

Buddy partnerships in the Primary school continue to build positive interactions for both younger and older students. All students in the Primary school are involved in reciprocal buddy relationships designed to foster trust, confidence and positive role models for our younger boys in and out of the classroom.

In addition to these class-based activities, MBBC offers the services of our resident Chaplain and we maintain relationships with suitably qualified professionals, such as educational psychologists, occupational and speech therapists, to whom a family can be referred.

MBBC greatly values the development of the ‘whole boy’ and our strength in pastoral care at each of these levels helps to compliment the work in our learning programs.

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