We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.

Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.

Aquinas Catholic College Menai is founded on the values of the Gospel and a real sense of Christian community exists. We are committed to building positive relationships, acting on Christian values, giving our students confidence and a contemporary understanding about being an ethical citizen in the 21st Century.

Pastoral Structures

Pastoral Care structures are based on a Year 7 to Year 10 vertical pastoral system, which allows students to develop connectedness to a range of students across many year levels and helps create the sense of community within the school. Horizontal pastoral groups in Year 11 and Year 12 focus on supporting students in their final years of school.

New students are introduced to our college with a Year 7 Induction Day and Peer Support Program. We also provide a Year 10 Transition Program to the senior years.

Students have a dedicated Pastoral lesson once a fortnight where a tailored program addresses current and relevant issues including positive relationships, cyber safety, age-appropriate mental health and resilience strategies.

Anti-bullying policy

Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.

If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.

Support services: