Student Wellbeing

At Marist College Kogarah, our work is founded on the person of Jesus Christ and we seek to model his care and compassion for others. We believe in the dignity of every person created in the image of God and redeemed by Christ.

We are committed to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the physical, spiritual, intellectual, moral, social and emotional wellbeing of all students and staff in our community. We hold firmly to the belief that all students and staff have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment.

Relationships and support systems for members of Sydney Catholic Schools reflect Catholic truths and values, and we recognise that all have a responsibility for the care of others. Together, we are dedicated to upholding the values and practices that create safe learning environments for students. In this, we are committed to the vision of the National Safe Schools that "all Australian schools are safe, supportive and respectful teaching and learning communities that promote student wellbeing".

As such:

  • Pastoral Care is integrated into our teaching and co-curricular programmes and is based on the Marist philosophy and Gospel Values;

  • All College policies seek to enhance the pastoral wellbeing of students;

  • All members of staff have a responsibility for ensuring the wellbeing and pastoral development of students;

  • Year Coordinators oversee the pastoral wellbeing of their respective year cohorts;

  • Students have access to a College Counsellor every  day of term time. 

At Marist College Kogarah we:

  • Strengthen safe and supportive school environments;

  • Resource and support programs which promote mental health and resilience;

  • Equip and support school staff with skills and strategies to effectively manage challenging student behaviour;

  • Support vulnerable and marginalised students and their families;

  • Are guided by The Archbishop’s Charter for Catholic Schools which sets out the purpose and mission of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney.

The College places a strong emphasis on student wellbeing and encourages parents to maintain close contact with their son’s teachers and Year Coordinator. Students in each Year are assigned to homeroom groups, each of which operates under the care and guidance of a member of the team of teachers appointed to that year. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and advice from their homeroom teachers on academic and pastoral matters. Each Year group has an appointed Year Coordinator who is ultimately responsible for the overall pastoral care and wellbeing of all students in the Year group.

There is an active Student Representative Council within the College and a valued Peer Mentoring Program called ‘Marist Mates’, which enables senior students to interact with and support the younger students of the College.