At SMGS, we believe that every child of any age has the right to learn in a safe, supportive and caring environment where every student is enabled to feel that they belong.
This begins with acceptance of others, as they are, for who they are, without judgment. We aspire to practise our school values of respect, integrity, honesty and compassion.
Every student in the Senior School is in a House Tutor Group which meets together every day for 20 minutes to touch base with their Tutor and peers in a small group situation with other students from Years 7 to 12. Students remain with the same group until they graduate in Year 12 and form a special bond together over the years.
Our aim is to work with students and families to develop well-rounded young people who:
- develop a strong sense of self-identity and act with moral courage and conviction
- promote the values of tolerance and acceptance of others and self
- build resilience through engaging in events and activities in the classroom, sport, arts, service programs and in the outdoors
- build lifelong relationships with others
- learn to give to others, looking for opportunities to service those in greater need, and to give back to the community, local and distant
- learn the art of perspective and balance to live a fulfilled, enriched and rewarding life with purpose and passion.
In the Senior School, students participate in the following programs to support the aims of pastoral care and student wellbeing:
- Daily House Tutor Group gatherings in vertical year levels from 7 to 12
- Chapel services occurring fortnightly, often led by students in Tutor Groups or year levels, with more formal Chapel services for special celebratory occasions such as Easter, Christmas or Year 12 Farewell
- School Assembly, occurring on alternate fortnights to celebrate the efforts and achievements of the student body
- House-based charity opportunities for fundraising, awareness-raising and building a connection to each charity
- New Student Welcome and Orientation Program and peer/buddy training opportunities
- Outdoor Education Programs
- A range of co-curricular programs in which to participate
- Periodic optional opportunities to participate in community service projects, including internationally, are offered
- Optional lunchtime prayer group for students
- Optional School Counsellor access for students who would like some additional support at times.