Our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their happiness and safety are our top priorities.
A place to belong
As part of a system of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, our students are treated with dignity and respect. Their safety and wellbeing are our top priorities. The wellbeing and safety of all students is central to the purpose of Catholic education and we acknowledge that healthy relationships and exceptional pastoral care are core to each child’s positive experience at school.
Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta have a strong focus on pastoral care, and in addition the support of our school counsellor, additional resourcing is provided for wellbeing initiatives overseen by the Wellbeing Coordinator. The Wellbeing Coordinator is supported by staff on the Wellbeing and Behaviour Team, Leading Counsellors as well as K-12 System Counsellors in the implementation of these wellbeing initiatives.
Patrician Brothers' College is committed to providing a learning environment where students can thrive, feel safe and supported, and are nurtured to grow, belong and be confident.
Our College equips students with the knowledge and skills to cultivate their wellbeing through Religious Education, health, and wellbeing classes. We believe this sense of wellbeing and connectedness promotes healthy personal development in students and contributes to their academic success.
We support the social and emotional welfare of students and their families through effective strategies, recommendations, policies and procedures, guidelines and tools. Our strong focus on pastoral care includes school counsellors and wellbeing initiatives to support students.
We celebrate the inclusion of all students, supporting the learning needs of every individual and providing learning opportunities to build their social skills.
Our wellbeing and pastoral care initiatives
Homeroom and Student Formation Leaders
Providing consistency and access to staff members who know students well.
Restorative Justice Practices
These complement our Anti-Bullying Policy and focus on building, maintaining and restoring positive relationships.
Providing support and guidance for students and their families on a range of issues.
Culture of Celebration
We recognise the achievements and strengths of all, including through our merit award system.
Year 10 students provide mentoring and support to Year 7 students.
Mental Health Support Groups
A range of groups for students dealing with issues such as anxiety and anger management.
Pastoral care programs at each year level are designed to help build resilience, independence and courage within each student.
Our house system underpins our pastoral care program and is central to a student's sense of belonging at the College. It gives students from different year groups the chance to come together and contribute to college life while demonstrating loyalty and allegiance.
Bishop Daniel Delany (1747-1814) founded the Patrician Brothers order at Tullow, Ireland, in 1808 to educate the poor young people. His motto was “Bravely and Gently” – a challenge for each of us today.
Br Gerard Histon (1918-2010) was the founding Principal of the College in 1952. With two other Patrician Brothers he taught grades 4, 5 and 6 and began the great spirit and traditions we have today.
Saint Mary Mackillop (1842-1909) was canonised in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI as Australia’s first Saint. She dedicated her life to the service of others, especially through the Sisters of St Joseph, which she founded in 1866.
Fr Bernard Massey, as the Parish Priest of Blacktown, was responsible for the establishment of our College in 1952. Our priests have continued to support his vision for Catholic education in Blacktown.
Building child safe communities
We are committed to providing children and young people with school environments where they are safe, informed and participate, and where the adult community works together with them towards making this happen.