Student Wellbeing

The Springfield Anglican College prioritises the care and wellbeing of our students above all else.
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We understand that being a student today can be stressful, and we pride ourselves on providing a safe and welcoming community, where all people are valued and respected. The College believes that a healthy mind and body are essential for academic success and have an embedded range of programs that support our students’ wellbeing and promote positive mental health. Our holistic approach to education aims to allow all students to succeed and thrive in a community of support.

Clan System

Our pastoral care team is dedicated to ensuring that all students feel supported and valued throughout their time at our College. They are available to provide guidance, advice, and a listening ear whenever students need it. Our team is trained to deal with a range of issues that may affect student well-being, from stress and anxiety to bullying and harassment.

Central to our pastoral care program is the College’s Clan structure, where each student is known personally, valued, and cared for.

Students are divided into one of our four Clans:

  • Keith
  • McDuff
  • Robertson
  • Sinclair

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

Chaplaincy

The College Chaplain plays a vital role in supporting the social, emotional, and spiritual well-being of TSAC students, and enhancing the efforts of other care professionals. Moreover, they 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.

Social Wellbeing

We offer a holistic approach that develops students’ understanding of wellbeing by explicit teaching strategies to develop growth mindsets, grit, and positive mental health. This is supported by external experts who share their expertise with the College community. A comprehensive range of programs taught through the form program, timetabled lessons in Year Nine through the rite journey and supported by external expert speakers ensure we offer all students the best practice in emotional and psychological support.

Peer Support and Mentoring

The Peer Mentoring Program promotes care and togetherness on a student-to-student basis. Senior Secondary students receive training before being paired with select students from the junior secondary who may need social, emotional, or academic support.  The program aims to create ongoing relationships, build interconnectedness between students of different year groups, and provide a feeling of belonging to the College. The program is overseen by the Heads of Clan, with guidance and advice available to all students involved on an ongoing basis.

Defence School Mentor

The Springfield Anglican College is delighted to have a Defence School Mentor as part of the Student Care Team. The College recognises military life’s challenges for Australian Defence students and their families. At TSAC, students with family members in the Defence Forces can access unique support within the College community.

The College recognises that Defence Force children may experience frequent school disruptions that may impact their academic success and social and emotional well-being.

During parental absences, students may experience difficulties due to deployment, exercises, or courses. The Defence School Mentor role provides support and an understanding ear for these students and families. The Defence School Mentor:

  • Assists children and families integrate into the College and local community
  • Smooths the transition between schools and different education systems
  • Monitors the social, emotional, and academic well-being of students
  • Helps students develop self-confidence, self-reliance, and resilience
  • Directs students to College programs, services or opportunities that suit their needs
  • Provides support to students during times of parental absences
  • Provides opportunities for Defence Force families to meet other families within the College community.

The DSM program is funded by the Department of Defence through the Defence Member and Family Support (DMFS) (formally known as Defence Community Organisation – DCO)

Click here to view the Defence School Mentor Brochure.