A strong emphasis is placed on the happiness, care and safety of students. Student’s wellbeing is the
responsibility of an organised team of Pastoral Care staff, who along with the class teacher and other senior members of staff, work towards building a College community where students feel safe and valued.
The College has three distinct Pastoral Care groups:
The Junior Years (Transition to Year 4)
Students in Transition to Year 4 remain with a single teacher for most of the day in purpose built classrooms with ready access to Information Resource Centres.
This learning environment allows the class teacher to focus on individual student care, resilience building and fostering positive relationships.
Educational opportunities include weekly sport, creative and performing arts programs, Chapel, fortnightly pastoral care programs and a regular buddy program with students from Years 5 to 8.
In the Junior Years, students are encouraged to serve each other, to be a good friend, to participate in all activities to the best of their ability and to work together.
Transition to Year 4 students have dedicated safe play areas.
The Middle Years at Wollondilly are Years 5 to 8. One of the great strengths of the College is the seamless transition between the Junior and Middle years. Traditionally a time of uncertainty and anxiety, the move from the Junior Years is little more than returning to a familiar environment with familiar friends. In Years 5 and 6, students are part of a transition learning program centred around a core teacher and several specialist teachers. They are less entrenched in one room. Years 7 and 8 provide an opportunity to sample a variety of possible elective subjects to assist with an informed decision for Years 9 and 10.
The Senior Years encompass Years 9 to 12. Students in Years 9 and 10 choose electives from a broad variety of options as well as a great range of extracurricular activies and experiences.
Years 11 and 12 are the Collegiate Years at Wollondilly. Surrounded by a purpose built Senior campus, senior students have the opportunity to work towards their HSC surrounded by state of the art facilities and supported by high quality experienced staff. As Seniors, Year 11 and 12 students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and study patterns, as they develop the skills necessary to balance the workload of the HSC with other areas of their life. The Collegiate years are an important part of preparing students for the future.