The homeroom system forms an integral part of student wellbeing at Star. Pastoral care is a high priority and is the immediate responsibility of the homeroom teacher who is the first point of contact for parents.

In Years 7 - 9, homerooms are year-level based and are under the care of the homeroom teacher for the duration of the year. The year level Pastoral Coordinators head up teams of homeroom teachers at each year level.

In Years 10 -12, homerooms are grouped vertically with 6-8 students from each year level combined to form a house homeroom group. This homeroom remains constant and has the same homeroom teacher for three years. Each house consists of six homeroom groups. The house is managed by the house Pastoral Coordinator who is responsible for the overall development of each student’s sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Pastoral care classes are held regularly within homerooms. Students complete units on topics from Bullying, Cyber Bullying, Healthy Relationships, Alcohol Use and Abuse, Future Learning Goals and Team Building to Study Techniques, and the Impact of Violence and Drug Education. As well as completing these units within their homeroom groups, students participate in year-level pastoral activities specifically targeted to their particular age group and specific needs.

The year-level and house Pastoral Coordinators, in conjunction with the homeroom teachers, oversee pastoral care of the students. Dimensions of pastoral care include:

pastoral care programs

appropriate behaviour of students

the correct wearing of uniform

late arrivals and absenteeism of students

student progress

student subject selection and transition

student promotion

conducting meetings and organising house activities with the house leaders and homeroom representatives

Part of their duties involves arranging interviews with parents when necessary, facilitating house/year level information evenings, house assemblies and pastoral care programs.

Year level and house Pastoral Coordinators work with homeroom teachers and subject teachers to maintain an environment and atmosphere that promotes the growth of each student. Supporting students in need and liaising with parents are primary foci.

The pastoral program at Star evolves in response to contemporary issues as they arise in our community and in our society at large. Supplementary activities are also provided in addition to the core program. We endeavour to keep the program dynamic, relevant and accessible so that our students are well-informed and equipped to make responsible choices about their wellbeing.

In 2015, there will be eight homerooms in Year 7 with 25 students in each class. This will continue into Year 8 in 2016.