Personal and Social Development Education Program


The PSDE Program is a pastoral care program, which actively supports the Vision statement of the College by encouraging and educating students on how to be authentic members of our Christian community. At the heart of the program is the Catholic teaching of Gospel values to foster positive relationships and build happy, healthy and confident students who are holistically educated, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually and who are empowered with the skills to deal with whatever challenges they face in life.

Aims/Objectives of the Program

  • Actively support and promote the integration of Catholic Christian values in the pastoral care program to holistically educate our students

  • Promote the unique facets of the culture of our Catholic school

  • Develop shared understandings of how the informal/ hidden curriculum reflects who and what we are in the image of Jesus Christ and to actively support the liturgical and prayer life of the College

  • Promote a school where each student develops the confidence to actively seek to “Dare the Dream”

  • Foster positive relationships between students, teachers and the school community

  • Build students who are healthy, happy, confident, resilient and empowered with skills to deal with challenging situations in their life


What is PSDE?

As stated above in the ‘Personal and Social Development Education Program Vision Statement’, the PSDE Program “is a pastoral care program, which actively supports the Vision statement of the College by encouraging and educating students on how to be authentic members of our Christian community.”  

Central to the program is the “Catholic teaching of Gospel values”  which focuses on fostering “positive relationships” and building  “happy, healthy and confident students who are holistically educated, academically, socially, emotionally, and spiritually” 

The program is also designed to empower our young people and to equip them with “the skills to deal with whatever challenges they face in life”.


Why do we need a PSDE Program?

Adolescence is a time growth and transition from childhood to young adulthood. Today’s adolescents face many challenges in all facets of their growth and development, personal and social lives. Unfortunately these issues are not always taught within the constraints of the academic curriculum, but are perhaps some of the most valuable of life’s lessons. It is essential that we not only model to our students but rather that we explicitly educate them on relevant personal, social, emotional and spiritual issues that they may face in life, to best equip them with the knowledge and skills required to be able to appropriately manage such issues. The PSDE program is a ‘hands on’ practical approach coupled with the relevant educational theory and includes educating our students on who or where to go for further information or help. It therefore requires the support of everyone involved in their education from parents to teachers to the school and wider community.


What will my child be learning?

The pastoral care team in conjunction with all staff have been working together to identify the most pertinent issues applicable to each year level and have used this information to develop a PSDE program that is age appropriate and relevant to the needs of students in that year level. For example, Term 1 of Year 7 involves a lot of “getting to know you” type activities to help them transition smoothly to High School and to introduce them to the College staff. In Year 12 the Term 1 PSDE program involves time for goal setting and there are a number of sessions designated to preparing students for the demands of the QCS tests.


What is expected of my child?

The PSDE program is compulsory part of your child’s education. It is expected that they will come prepared for all PSDE sessions dressed appropriately and with any equipment required. Heads of House and PC Teachers will advise students well in advance of any requirements. It is expected that your child be actively involved and engaged in the program.

Is this program really worth it? Could my child be doing something more worthwhile?

The success of this program will probably never been known but should not be underestimated. We believe that by providing students with the knowledge and skills to make good choices, has the potential to save lives.

Australian Scholarships Group – Managing Directory Mr Terry  O’Connell recently reported on the importance of Student Social and Emotional Health,  "Statistics show that there are large numbers of young people not being fully engaged in education or in work, and the ramifications of unfulfilled education potential can be seen at the individual, family, community and national levels. Children and young people with higher levels of social and emotional health are more likely to successfully meet the physical, intellectual and social changes required through childhood and adolescence”.


Who is accountable for this program?

The PSDE program is being developed by the Heads of House Team and approved by the Principal David McInnes and the Leadership Team.

It involves the following staff:

  • Deputy Principal – Ms Carmel O'Brien

  • Assistant Principal - Religious Education – Mr Marcus Pojtek

  • Assistant Principal - Curriculum Development - Ms Elizabeth Sutton

  • Assistant Principal - Student Development - Mr Lee Elvy

  • Guidance Counsellor – Ms Sue Kraljevic

  • Head of House - ​Avila - ​​Matt Webb

  • Head of House - Cana - Amanda Murray-Salter

  • Head of House - La Valla - Kerry Eleison

  • Head of House - ​Penola - Sharon Lucht

  • Head of House - Pomona - Kellie Barker

All PC teachers and staff members will be involved in planning and delivering the program and will work closely with the Pastoral Care Team to ensure the students receive the highest quality Catholic education and pastoral care.

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