Student Well-being

What is Pastoral Care?

Pastoral Care assists students to develop a capacity for independence, initiative and mature judgement. Pastoral Care places an emphasis on the development of the individual.

School-based pastoral care is the total climate of care which exists in a school. It reflects the broad Christian ethos of individuals caring for and respecting one another. It also includes a structure where teachers and other professionals are responsible for the emotional and spiritual well-being of individual children and where strong relationships are established between teachers, students and their families.

Pastoral Care at John Therry Catholic College

Each student should be treated with respect by staff members and other students. At John Therry we strive for a 'sense of the sacred' where dignity, belonging, connectedness and self-respect are the focus.

All staff at John Therry endeavour to create an atmosphere of care in a variety of ways, both formally and informally. Individualised care and understanding are provided for those students who are physically, emotionally or socially disadvantaged.

Learning Group

Each day at John Therry Catholic College begins with Learning Group. Here the student has the opportunity to begin the day well informed and well prepared. The Learning Group Mentor is the first contact person for students each day and have particular opportunities for providing care and corrective help. They monitor the emotional, social and learning needs of the students and act as student advocates throughout the year.

The Learning Group Mentors, together with the Pastoral and Wellbeing Coordinators, provide the pivotal link between home and school and form a conduit for the flow and dissemination of information regarding individual students.


When instances of bullying are reported, they are investigated thoroughly and dealt with in conjunction with our John Therry Catholic College Maintaining Right Relationships Policy.

Students involved in bullying type behaviour may be required to sign and adhere to an anti-bullying agreeing. A copy of this can be seen here.

We encourage all students in the community to take responsibility in ensuring that ‘bullying’ type behaviours are not accepted. We acknowledge that that power of the ‘bystander’ is just as detrimental as the person ‘bullying’ another person. Therefore, bystanders may also be called to account for the role they play in perpetuating the situation.

There are many avenues for students to report bullying to a staff member. Students can speak to a teacher in person. They can speak to anyone with whom they feel comfortable, but the first person should be the student’s Learning Group Mentor or Pastoral Coordinator.

In this digital age, the importance of developing CyberSafe practices is extremely important. Students are explicitly taught appropriate ways to use technology and appropriate ways to interact via social networks. As part of our safe practices, all students and parents are expected to sign the Appropriate Use of Internet Agreement. This is located in the student planner but can also be accessed via the link here.

At all times, John Therry Catholic College follow policy provided by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong. A copy of the full CEDoW Student Anti Bullying Procedure document can be found here.

Suspension Procedure

Consistent failure to adhere to the John Therry Catholic College rules or unsafe conduct may result in a student being excluded from the school community for a period of time. This is to allow the student to reflect on their conduct and make a conscious choice to reconnect with the community with a genuine willingness and intention to conform to the school’s code of conduct.

If a student is placed on an In-School Withdrawal they are segregated from the school community and supervised by a Coordinator or a member of the school executive. If a student is placed on In-School Withdrawal, parents are informed via a letter home and phone call. In most cases, a parent interview will also be required. An In-School Withdrawal is typically a one day process. Once the withdrawal has been completed successfully, students are placed on a booklet for further monitoring and support as they return to normal classes.

If a student is placed on Out-of-School Suspension they must remain off school premises for the time of their suspension. Before they can return to the school community an interview with parents is required and students must demonstrate a genuine willingness to adhere to the John Therry Catholic College school rules. If the student does not demonstrate this willingness to comply, the suspension may be extended for a longer period of time to allow for more reflection on behalf of the student.

While on suspension from school, the expectation is that students will be completing their studies at home. Work will be provided by teachers, either via google classroom or emailed directly to the student by their classroom teacher. Where this is not possible, work will be provided to the student in other forms.

Students returning to the school community following suspension are placed on a monitoring booklet at the appropriate level, as determined by the Wellbeing Coordinator or Assistant Principal. This is to assist the students to ensure that they are developing positive study habits and successfully staying on track.

At all times, John Therry Catholic College follow policy provided by the Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong. A copy of the full CEDoW Suspension, Expulsion and Exclusion of Students document can be found here.

Restorative Justice

The Pastoral Care of students at John Therry Catholic College is seen as an integral part of the total School program. We operate under a Restorative Justice Framework. Consequently, we acknowledge that as our students learn and mature into young adults, they may make mistakes from time to time.

Through the processes of Restorative Justice we assist students to reach an understanding of how their choices impacted themselves and others so that they realize the effect of their actions. We then assist students to re-think their choices and reach an understanding of how they could make more positive choices in the future if they find themselves in similar circumstances.

We also have very clear consequences for students who breach the John Therry rules which have been put in place to ensure the safety of all members of our community and ensure that everyone has the capacity to learn and achieve to their potential.

The Student Planner

Students are required to bring their planner to school every day and they must take it to every class. Students are to record all homework, important dates and details of any assignments or assessment tasks in their planner.

Teachers may use the planner to communicate with parents at any time. Students are to show these communications to their parents and have them initial them.

The planner will be checked regularly by the Learning Group Mentor. Other teachers may periodically check the school planner.

A parental note in the planner is required when:

a. Students are unable to wear full school uniform

Students must show this to their Learning Group Mentor, who will initial the note. Any uniform issue must be rectified as soon as possible. Major issues should be discussed with the relevant Pastoral Coordinator.

b. Students are unable to complete their homework

Students should show this to their class teacher.

c. Students cannot participate in a practical lesson

Students must show this to their class teacher.

d. Students are unable to participate in sport

Students must show this to the Sports Coordinator, who will allocate the student to non-sport for the day.

The planner is an important resource. Students MUST NOT have graffiti in or on the planner. If a student’s planner becomes lost or damaged beyond repair, a new planner may be purchased for $20 from the office. This should be arranged via the relevant Pastoral Coordinator.

The Level System


The level System at John Therry Catholic College is linked to the Green Stamp and Behaviour Management System.

There are a number of awards for positive behaviour and consequences for negative behaviour as part of the Level System.

Click here to see the complete Level System document.

A summary of the awards process is displayed here.

The House Cup

At John Therry, students have an incredibly strong sense of pride in their House. The four Houses at John Therry are Chisholm (Blue), Conolly (Green), Murray (Yellow) and Ryan (Red).

The House Cup is awarded annually at the end of Term 3 (as part of the Year 12 Graduation Ceremony). The winning House is deemed to be that which has accumulated the most points over the preceding twelve months. One key feature that distinguishes our school from other schools is that we focus on five areas of school life: Spiritual, Academic, School Life & Learning, Social and Sporting. As such, students can earn points towards the House Cup from their participation in one or more of the above areas.

The simplest way a student can earn points for their House is through the Green Stamp system. Students are awarded Green Stamps by staff for a number of different reasons (for example: conduct, academic rigour, consistent good behaviour). Green stamps are collected in the Student Planner from where merits are awarded, and house points allocated.

There are many other means for students to earn points for their House. These include: attendance and participation at College carnivals or being part of a College representative sporting team as well as participation or representation in the large array of social and extracurricular events on offer.












Caroline Chisholm

Fr Conolly

Bishop Murray

Monsignor Ryan


St Mary Mackillop

St Patrick

St Francis of Assisi

St Vincent de Paul