Wellbeing of Boarding Students

Meet Head of Girls' Residence, Mrs Jackie Tassell.  "What I love about St Paul's is the friendship of the girls and the special relationships that are formed.  You can see the shyest of girl come to us in Year 7, and over time she grows into a mature, well balanced young lady". 

St Paul’s accepts that it has a special responsibility and duty of care to its residential (boarding) students. This responsibility encompasses the spiritual, as well as the physical, academic, and social-emotional domains.

All residential supervisors are qualified with Senior First Aid Certificates; Australian Boarding Schools Association Duty of Care Accreditation; and Active Duty Certificates; and they monitor the health and wellbeing of residents, liaising daily with the College nurses. 

Pastoral care is at the cornerstone of St Paul’s. From the moment a new resident begins, they are always supported (The College of U). Our staff are primarily concerned for the wellbeing of each and every residential student so that they feel both supported and cared for. The Director, Learning in Residence along with the Heads of Girls’ and Boys’ Residences oversee the care, supervision, and development of all residents to ensure their social, spiritual, emotional, and physical needs are met. They are also well supported in their role by Resident Supervisors, College Nurses, and the College Wellbeing Team.

On weekends full residents attend either a local church service, or an in-house devotion. Students are enrolled at St Paul’s on the understanding that they are willing to experience its Christian ethos. Resident's meals are outsourced to professional caterers (Sodexo) who ensure that residential students have a balanced diet that is low-fat and healthy. 

The St Paul’s College Pastor and School Counsellor are also available to provide a supportive environment. Residents can check in with our Counselling staff during school hours, when needed, or private and confidential appointments.

The security and safety of our residents and their belongings is of primary concern to all our staff. Both our girls’ and boys’ residences are well-lit at night and security cameras are fixed throughout all hallways and common areas within the buildings.

St Paul’s offers a comprehensive co-curricular program and our residents can choose from a wide selection of activities in the sporting, musical, dramatic and cultural areas. We encourage all residents to be involved in sporting activities at St Paul’s and in the community. Full resident students may participate in local sporting competitions (netball and football in the winter months with cricket and tennis in the summer months). Weekly residents are welcome to train with local teams.

At St Paul’s, there is always something for our residents to do, and they are in good company while doing it!