Much of the nurturing our boys experience at Toowoomba Grammar is incidental – it occurs as a result of the friendly, professional relationships that exist between boys and staff in the classroom, in the playground, on the sporting field and in the rehearsal rooms. The teachers are genuinely interested in the boys and that interest ensures a focus on seeing each boy grow as a whole person, who feels safe and secure in our school community and who acquires skills and philosophies that enable him to become a positive contributor to wider society.
Our boys meet as part of a Pastoral Care Group four times per week. Some of these meetings are vertical in nature, with boys from Years 7 to 12 in each group. This enables boys to connect with older and younger boys, and provides opportunities for our older boys to mentor our younger boys. At other meetings, boys meet in Year Level groups, where their Mentor Teacher can guide them through discussions of topics relevant to that age group. The boys also hear from outside specialist presenters who explore issues pertinent to with adolescents.
In Years 11 and 12, our boys take part in regular Personal Development lessons, where again they can explore and discuss issues relevant to Australian adolescents. Some of the topics explored through both Pastoral Care Groups and Personal Development lessons include (but are certainly not limited to) leadership, cyber-safety, risky behaviour, emotional wellbeing, study skills, positive psychology, goal-setting and current affairs.
Relevant to the topics covered in Pastoral Care Groups the School engages in several proactive strategies to promote wellbeing and address bullying. Each year boys complete a Wellbeing Survey which measures coping strategies, self-efficacy, levels of conflict and sleep patterns. Further to this, the boys complete a bullying survey which assesses rates of bullying at our School. Boys are encouraged to report bullying to staff or via the online notification form.
All of the boys participate in School and Community Service initiatives. We highly value these because it teaches our boys to value what they have and to learn the importance of giving to those less fortunate than themselves. Some of our regular Service activities include visits to local primary and special schools, Clean Up Australia Day, Landcare projects, Sony Foundation Children’s Holiday Camp, Relay-for-Life, the Million Paws Walk and fund-raising for various charities.
These initiatives are augmented by the challenges and experiences the boys face during Outdoor Pursuits and Activities Week, at the end of Term One each year, where they participate in a range of activities designed to build teamwork, self-awareness and character.
|7||Alexandra Headland, Sunshine Coast
(Dormitory style camp)
|Team building (both between the boys, with our staff, and with the Senior leaders who attend), getting-to-know-you. Surf skills are the main vehicle used to promote these goals.|
|8||Leslie Dam, Warwick
(Dormitory style camp)
|Team building; Introduction to outdoor adventure activities|
|9||Lake Cootharaba, Noosa North Shore
(Camp under canvas)
|Personal and team challenges through outdoor adventure activities|
|10||Work Experience||Try a vocation for a week; speak to employers about training and career opportunities|
|11||Twin Waters Resort, Sunshine Coast
(Resort style conference)
|Leadership in theory and in practice; Understanding personality and working with other personality types; Teamwork|
|12||Lifeskills activities||University visits; First Aid Certification; Defensive Driving; Cooking skills; Creating a weekly menu and meals budget; Community Service|