Student Care

Student Care is at the heart of everything we do at the College. We understand that the emotional wellbeing of students is fundamental to their academic success, and so we offer a holistic approach that develops students’ understanding of wellbeing through explicit teaching of strategies to develop growth mindsets, grit and wellbeing. These programs are supported by various external providers who visit the College to share their expertise in these areas.

We pride ourselves on having a safe and welcoming community, where all people are valued for the person they are and the contribution they make. With our Anglican ethos underpinning all of our behaviours, we aim to educate our students to be compassionate, caring and positive contributors to our community and society beyond school.

As our students develop into young adults, the decisions they are required to make take on more significance and the factors that impact on their thinking become more powerful. We want our students to understand the way that their brains work, and be aware of their strengths so that they can make good decisions and choices. To assist them in achieving this, we provide a series of programs and support mechanisms such as a continuation of the College’s program Flourishing, which is designed to raise awareness of key issues that Secondary students may encounter such as social media reputation, sexting and managing stress. We also focus on academic growth with dedicated programs designed to generate good study habits through our Elevate Education course, and a series of sensitively delivered
sessions in mental health through a program called batyr, where expert speakers raise awareness about peer support and how external agencies of support can be accessed.

In addition, our staff members take a real interest in their students, so that each of them is well known and cared for. We pride ourselves on the strength of our community, and the strength of the relationships between the College and home. Our belief is that the strength of these relationships means that our Secondary students, in adolescent years which can sometimes present academic, social and health challenges, are supported every step of the way

Clan System

Central to our ability to do this is a Clan structure, with each student at TSAC belonging to one of our four Clans: Keith, McDuff, Robertson and Sinclair. Each Clan fosters an inclusive family mentality where each person is valued and cared for.

Each Clan is overseen by a Head of Clan, who comes to know and understand each student in their care as they progress through the College.

In addition, from Year 8 until Year 12, students are placed in vertical form groups and spend 5 years with the same form tutor who becomes the first port of call for parents. The combination of form teacher and Head of Clan allows for strong links between home and school, and ensures that each child is well known, and is exceptionally well cared and
catered for.

Whilst Year 7 students spend more time with their core teacher in form groups as part of their transition to the Secondary Campus, each student remains a part of the Clan, and is fully
involved in all of the activities and spirit of their Clan under the guidance and care of their Head of Clan. As a further support mechanism, our Year 12 Coordinator takes an active role with our most senior students –
supporting them and organising events for them, to ensure that every step of the journey in their most important school year is well planned, productive and memorable.

Positive Education

As children grow into adolescents, their wellbeing is significantly enhanced by an understanding of the ways in which their brain works, and by being introduced to the concepts of Positive Education. In Secondary School, implicit and explicit teaching of  positive Psychology skills and principles is
employed to assist in this. The overarching principles of these programs are to empower students to tackle real time issues with resilience, mindfulness and perspective.

Implicit teaching occurs at each year level, and wellbeing values are communicated through all aspects of our education and community
interaction: in the classroom, relationships, on the sports field or in the creative arts. Explicit teaching is delivered in Year 9 through specific Positive Psychology programs, while experienced classroom teachers in Year 7 and 8 aim to heighten the student’s awareness of their signature strengths.

The aims of Positive Education are to:
• Increase the experience of positive emotions in our students.
• Encourage students to engage their signature strengths for personal and community goals.
• Allow students to understand how their brains and emotions work and change in this important stage of their development.
• Engage students to live meaningful lives to find purpose and make a difference to our communities at large.

Adolescence is a time of considerable change both physically and emotionally. Through this transitional phase, students are supported through the role of the Head of Secondary, who works closely with the Heads of Clan and form teachers to ensure that each child is well cared for.

The Secondary School phase concludes with a full year course in Year 9 called ‘The Rite Journey’, a College program designed for Year 9 students which places strong emphasis on helping young people as they journey from
adolescence to adulthood. The program encourages students to better understand who they are, what they value and to develop their emotional intelligence and resilience. Students are also encouraged to engage in issues affecting the local community and wider world.

The College also offers a variety of co-curricular activities and a range of specialised programs to Secondary School students to allow them to challenge themselves and develop a sense of belonging.

College Psychologist

The College Psychologist at The Springfield Anglican College works with students to help them flourish academically, socially, behaviourally, and emotionally. The psychologist collaborates with teachers, parents, and other professionals to create a safe, healthy and supportive learning environment that strengthens connections
between home, school and the community for all students.

Psychologists in schools apply their psychological and educational expertise to help students achieve academic success, psychological health, and social and emotional wellbeing. The primary purpose of the psychologist’s work is to assist the College to address the barriers to learning for children and young people, and to improve their educational achievement. Two significant barriers to educational achievement are mental health issues and learning difficulties. As such, the College Psychologist at The Springfield Anglican College is part of the Student Care and Learning Enhancement teams within the College.

In recognition of the importance of a thriving community for the healthy development of staff and students, the College Psychologist
is also involved in a range of initiatives and activities throughout the College.

The College Psychologist is located on the Secondary Campus and is available by referral by the Head of Secondary to see students and
staff. All information discussed with the psychologist is confidential, except where a risk of harm to a person is identified. Information pertaining to the advancement of a student’s education may be shared with Student Care or Learning Enhancement teams with permission from students or parents.

Chaplaincy

Our Chaplaincy plays a vital role in supporting the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of the College community, and enhancing the efforts of other care professionals. Moreover, it serves to foster a Christian ethos, atmosphere and culture within the College. A key facet of the Chaplain’s role is to build relationships and connections with the students and staff, their families and the wider community.

Student Care is offered in a variety of ways, including supportive conversations, structured resilience and grief programs and assisting
with creating that all-important network of support.

Our RaVE Program, (Religious and Values Education) offers students opportunities to develop and broaden their understanding of the Christian faith and other world religions.

In Year 9, our students have the opportunity to participate in a unique Rite of Passage experience called The Rite Journey. This year-long program enables students to challenge themselves, create a greater awareness of oneself and the experiences and influences that have forged and continue to forge
their character and sense of identity. Students are supported as they set goals, face challenges and reflect on experiences; all of which
stimulate personal growth, transformation and resilience.

The Chaplain also provides guidance to the student-led Social Justice Group. This aims to apply Anglican values to current social justice, human rights, development and peace issues in Australia and overseas, and to speak out against injustice, the abuse of human rights, poverty and violence in favour of change for a
more just society.


Teaching and Learning

Our core business is providing students with the pathways and opportunities they need to succeed in their academic studies. As such, our curriculum offerings are broad, relevant and engaging, and our support and extension programs are designed to provide every student with every opportunity to succeed.

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Secondary Schooling

The Secondary School aims to provide all students with a supportive and encouraging environment, conducive to learning and to personal growth and development. The College offers modern learning technologies and enrichment opportunities to promote a truly holistic approach to student development.

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Student Life

We believe that the important learning experiences that a school provides happen in and outside of the classroom, and our vibrant and varied leadership opportunities, student activities and co-curricular programs are vital in allowing us to achieve our goals of educating the mind, body and spirit of our students.

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