Pastoral Care is therefore a major focus at the College and is an integrated process of education and skill building that is:
The College has a dedicated student centre featuring facilities and staff focused on delivering pastoral services to students.
The Barbara McDonough Student Centre features student reception, sick bay and purpose built counselling offices. The office of the Director of Pastoral Care is also based at the Student Centre. The House Leaders also have offices in this centre.
Other pastoral facilities include the historic Mother Mary Clare Dunphy Chapel and the Year 12 Common Room (a flexible, modern space for Year 12 students which opens directly onto a paved outside area).
OLMC has on staff two counsellors on site every day with extensive experience supporting adolescents in schools who provide confidential counselling support to students. Our counsellors are trained psychologists registered with the National Psychology Board of Australia and are integral members of the OLMC Pastoral Care team.
The formal Program provides opportunities for students to foster confidence and competence in directing their personal, social and spiritual development while growing to accept themselves as worthwhile people who have the ability to shape their own lives.
OLMC is committed to assisting new Year 7 students in making the exciting but sometimes daunting transition to secondary school by putting in place a number of initiatives including:
The College is committed to providing a safe and caring environment which fosters respect for others. OLMC’s whole school approach to student management:
The Merit System is part of the College’s student management strategy and aims to recognise and acknowledge students for any outstanding academic effort and achievement, positive attitude towards uniform, cocurricular commitment, good behaviour and general positive contribution to College life . Students receive Merit Codes for their efforts and not their natural abilities.
Merit Codes are accumulated over a student’s entire time at the College and lead to Bronze, Silver and Gold Certificates. Students who receive 7 Gold Merit Certificates during their time at OLMC are awarded the prestigious Mercy Bracelet (normally presented at Year 12 Graduation).