Peregian Beach College has a highly valued Pastoral Care program that addresses the social and emotional well-being of our students. The Pastoral Care program is integrated into the curriculum from Kindergarten to Year 12.
The College has also implemented the You Can Do It! (YCDI!) Program, which focuses on building the social, emotional and motivational capacity of young people. The YCDI! Program is based on five foundations: Confidence, Persistence, Organisation, Getting Along and Resilience and within these foundations, 12 Positive Habits of Mind are supported.
Students have one identified lesson of Pastoral Care each week although the College values and YCDI! Program are integrated in all learning. A major focus of the program is to teach young people to think more positively and confidently and take more responsibility for their learning.
The Pastoral Care program in the Junior school is directed by the classroom teacher and in the Middle and Senior school, students have a Pastoral Care teacher according to their Year group.
In the Middle and Senior school, students have Homeroom every morning for roll and announcements and a Pastoral Care lesson once a week, with the College values and YCDI! ethos are embedded in all learning. Students also have two Pastoral Care Days in which they explore social and emotional learning in more depth. The Pastoral Care (Homeroom) teacher is responsible for the general care and well-being of the students in their group and is the first point of contact regarding student-related issues (academic, behaviour, social, family matters, uniform standards, etc).
During late Term 3 and early Term 4, the Pastoral Care program focuses on Sexuality & Relationship Education. The program is based on guidelines provided by Family Planning Qld and develops five general themes at an age appropriate level: Keeping Safe, Understanding our bodies, Developing relationships, Healthy choices, and Living in the community. Prior to the commencement of the program parents will be provided further details of the SRE for each Year level.
Food Technology is offered to students from Years 5 – Year 12. Food Technology covers a range of skills and knowledge that encourages students to explore the world of cuisine.
Year 5 & 6 students spend a single semester (two terms) experiencing the basics of Kitchen Hygiene, Safe Food Practices and exploring the world of Food Technology. Year 7 & 8 students delve more deeply into aspects of Food Technology, exploring aspects of catering, healthy food options, collaborating in decision making and learning food production skills to enable their own wellbeing.
Year 9 & 10 students can elect to take this subject and have a much greater opportunity to drive their own learning, using a self-directed Recipe Journal that is usually over-arched by a learning focus such as Special Dietary Needs, Food Equity, Local and Organic, Indigenous Foods, Famous Chefs or Sustainability to name a few. Cooking focus is on collaboration and student organisation.
During final years, students will begin the Australian Curriculum subject of Food & Nutrition. This topic delves deeply into the function and principles of nutrition, analysis of current global food problems and provides opportunity for student generated solutions.