Sheldon College promotes a positive Pastoral Care Program for all students from Kindergarten to Year 12. We believe that through a focus on student and staff wellbeing, we are able to create a community who are able to thrive and achieve great success, both at school and in their personal lives.

We believe that our role is to educate the ‘whole child’ and in order for children to achieve academic success, they need to be supported in their emotional and social development. We aim to ensure students are able to graduate from Sheldon College as confident and active participants within a dynamic global community. In order for students to live and exist according to our College Motto – Today’s Challenge, Tomorrow’s Success, we focus on providing them the opportunity to become well balanced, compassionate and confident young people who are able to cope with adversity and thrive in life beyond schooling.

Sheldon College promotes a safe, supportive and nurturing environment for all students. As we support their social and emotional development, and as we support them in developing resilience in order to cope with the challenges and adversities faced in modern life and our global community. We provide a structured and disciplined environment that enables all students to flourish and thrive as they develop a high self-esteem and the confidence to embrace all aspects of life and education.

Sheldon College provides a Pastoral Care Team Leader in the Junior College and Heads of Year across the Middle and Senior Colleges to support the implementation of our Pastoral Care program. We also offer a Career Counsellor who works closely with our Senior students to support their choice of subjects and provides a detailed career individualised pathway for students. Positive wellbeing for our staff and students is a priority at Sheldon College as we provide the support and structures recommended by the Positive Wellbeing Framework. This framework provides the foundations to ensure students can reach their aspirations in learning and in life. Sheldon College promotes a strong connection between student wellbeing and academic success and achievement. We believe that students who feel connected, safe and secure are more likely to be active participants in their learning journey and are able to achieve better physical, social, emotional and educational outcomes. Likewise, teachers who feel valued and supported are more likely to engage more positively with the students and wider College community. 

Topics that are included in our College Wide Pastoral Care program include:


We believe that students are more engaged and connected with their learning, when they are supported and nurtured within a caring community that provides a balance of structured discipline with fun. Students are more inclined to achieve to their potential when they enjoy their learning experiences.

LOVE: Sheldon College promotes positive relationships between staff and students. This is characterised by support and structure through excellent teaching staff who truly care about their students. 

LAUGHTER: Students learn best when they are engaged and enjoying the wonderful learning experiences on offer at Sheldon.

LEARNING: Sheldon College is very proud of its focus on academic success for all students. We provide every opportunity for students to succeed and achieve to the best of their ability.

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Our Pastoral Care programs across the College along with the Heads of Year, Director of Student Services and Director of Community Engagement provide the basis upon which such wellbeing is promoted and supported.

Mrs Joanna Todd, Director of Wellbeing


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Students in the Junior College access their pastoral care topics and activities in their regular classes on a weekly basis. Pastoral Care topics across the Junior College are categorised under the following headings:

Values and Emotions


Healthy Mind, Healthy Bodies

Social Issues

As a College we pride ourselves on ensuring students are able to develop the necessary skills to maintain a healthy and positive approach to life.

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Sheldon College has a well-established Middle College structure for our early adolescent students in Years 5 – 8. We acknowledge and understand that the needs and characteristics of these young adolescents are quite unique and we therefore promote a distinct pedagogical approach to support these students. A critical component of our Middle College is to provide weekly pastoral care lessons to our students which address developmentally age appropriate topics in order to support and assist students with this stage of their development and overall wellbeing.

Students in Years 5 and 6 have a dedicated Achieve lesson each week and our students in Years 7 and 8 have one PHD (Personal Health and Development) lesson per week. Staff are able to provide a weekly focus on an element of student wellbeing to ensure our students can not only cope with the challenges of the early teen years, but also to thrive as young people navigating a complex and dynamic world around them.

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Students in Years 9 – 12 form our Senior College and as such are the ultimate role models and ambassadors for our College community. These students establish positive relationships with their teachers that form the basis of their support network through the Senior Years. As young adults, we provide a weekly lesson opportunity for students to engage in a range of Pastoral Care topics that promote positive student wellbeing to support their studies and personal development. Students in Years 9 and 10 have a weekly PHD (Personal Health and Development) lesson and students in Years 11 and 12 have two designated Focus lessons per week.

As our students prepare for life beyond the schooling years, we firmly believe that our College needs to provide students with a range of experiences and opportunities to deal positively with the challenges of life and to establish the skills and confidence to thrive in life, both personally and professionally. The pastoral care program through the Senior College ensure such success for our students.