Our supportive team in Student Services helps your child achieve the best possible learning outcomes in a safe and caring learning environment.
We work in partnership with students, teachers, parents and the wider community in transition to high school, attendance, academic monitoring and support, learning support, subject selection and career guidance, pastoral care, and social, emotional, mental and physical well being.
Leadership and Community
A rich suite of opportunities exists for your child to be engaged in leadership activities with positions ranging from Student Council representatives to sporting group captains and peer support leaders. A range of clubs, including astronomy, chess, coding, robotics and roots and shoots, give your child further opportunities.
Our House System gives students an identity and sense of pride in a supportive, secure environment. The House system is an integral and vibrant part of the school’s culture designed to reflect and enhance the values of the college. It provides for positive competition and a closer rapport between students and teachers. It also aims to help new staff and students engage with the culture of the college.
During lunchtimes our chaplain runs a number of different activities that bring different students together in a healthy sense of competition, including indoor hockey, handball and volleyball.
Our student councillors represent the student body on various decision making groups, liaise with staff on college matters, make recommendations on student issues, organise various events or social functions and recognise achievements at assemblies. Students are elected via a proportional voting system early in Term 4 for Years 8 to 12. Year 7 elections take place in Term 1.
Health and Mental Well-being
During these times of uncertainty, you may find that you require extra support for your child/teen as they are facing unprecedented challenges in all areas of their lives. At John Curtin the mental health and wellbeing of our students is just as important as their physical health. We also understand that this is a difficult time for parents and guardians as they juggle work commitments and the online education of their children. There are a number of resources available through the Department of Education and the college that may help, and if you still have questions you can call the team in Student Services on 94337260.
- Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety (and talking with children) from the Australian Psychological Society.
- A collection of resources from Reachout.com.au for parents to help their children with studies and stresses
Be kind to yourself and others
This strange time will affect everyone differently, we should all take a moment to assess how we’re going and practice calm. You can do this in many ways, meditation works for some people, listening to music, or just hanging with your pets
Health and fitness at home
Staying active can help you to sleep better, manage stress and boost your mood. Find a way to keep active that you enjoy and incorporate this into your regular routine.
A “Fitness at Home” flexible class has been created on Connect for all students to access. We strongly encourage students, siblings, parents and caregivers to work together to create a fun, physical, mental and emotional support network at home. These can be high intensity training or balance and flexibility minded like yoga.