Pastoral care builds and supports the Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) community. We focus on the whole person through a combination of practical activities to build personal relationships, where students can be both healthy and happy. Our practical and focused approach to Pastoral Care is its strength.
Our Pastoral Care program at the School is based on the House system where everyone works together to create and maintain a caring and positive environment to encourage resourcefulness and resilience in the students, as well as a sense of social justice. Within this environment, students are able to develop self-esteem and confidence and grow as individuals.
On entry to the School each student becomes a member of a House which reinforces a sense of belonging to the community. In the Senior School, a Tutor Group system operates within each House. Year 7 Tutor Groups are year group based, while Years 8, 9 and 10 are vertical in their grouping. Year 11 and 12 Tutor Groups return to single year groups. The Tutor Group meets for 20-minutes at the start of the day, so that attendance can be recorded and a variety of activities undertaken. Structured and informal activities include House meetings and House Chapel, study skills, physical activities, charity work and special celebrations.
For one 50-minute lesson in each cycle (one cycle is 10 days) each year level works on a sequential personal development program. There is a specific theme for each year level and our aim is to give attention to the developmental needs of students. We have based our program on the most current research available and are at the forefront of providing a program which aims to deal with relevant and age appropriate issues.
Students with special needs are also catered for as part of our Student Support Program. These may include gifted and talented students, students with disabilities or specific learning difficulties and students whose welfare or emotional wellbeing need additional support.