Pastoral care has been a significant part of the support network at Hawthorndene Primary School for many years. It provides an immediate in-school link to well-being support for students and staff within the school community. Pastoral care workers (PCWs) play a support and referral role as they are not qualified to provide an official counselling or psychology service within the school. PCWs promote student wellbeing, engaging young people in activities that are preventative and which support early intervention and referral of mental health issues. Having a PCW deepens our capacity as a school to value the emotional health of our students and in turn create greater learning outcomes. We know that when children feel safe emotionally they are more likely to face challenges with resilience.
Hawthorndene currently has two Pastoral Care Workers that cover school hours Monday to Friday. Judy is available Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and half of Thursday. Jem is available Thursday and Friday.
Judy has a background as a youth pastor and has worked as a program co-ordinator and a youth worker for ‘at risk’ young people on the fringes of the education system and understands the importance of wellbeing on learning.
Jem has worked in multiple educational and residential settings alongside vulnerable young people and is especially passionate about emotional and social well-being of children.
Judy and Jem have both completed a Bachelor of Applied Social Science with a Youth Work major.
Together, Judy and Jem provide 1:1 wellbeing support, assist students to run clubs at lunch and recess, support Play is the Way program, run social skills programs including Kimochi’s and What’s the Buzz as well as co-ordinate the Kids Hope Australia mentoring program. Our Pastoral Care Workers put emphasis on seeking out advice and support from other professionals in order to provide the most relevant care to our students at HPS.
If you feel as though you or your child would benefit from some extra well-being support please contact the school for more information.