Our Pastoral Care Framework

The St Aidan’s Pastoral Care Framework includes five pillars of wellbeing that underpin and drive the development and delivery of our pastoral care initiatives. All pastoral initiatives aim to enhance individual and community wellbeing through inspiring leadership, inclusion, authentic engagement, connection, and care.


The St Aidan’s Pastoral Framework together with the Australian National Curriculum builds the foundation for the official pastoral care program called SOAR. Our weekly program, SOAR, is delivered by Pastoral Care teachers under the direction and leadership of the Pastoral Care Leadership Team.

Students with well-developed social and emotional skills find it easier to manage themselves, relate to others, develop resilience and a sense of self-worth, resolve conflict, engage in teamwork and feel positive about themselves and the world around them. The development of personal and social capability is the foundation for learning and for citizenship. In particular, the more students learn about their own emotions, values, strengths and capacities, the more they are able to manage their own emotions and behaviours, and to understand others and establish and maintain positive relationships.

SOAR identifies five key strategic pillars of learning that underpin the design of the program.
Personal and Social Responsibility
Students learn to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. This pillar involves students in a range of practices including recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others and understanding relationships, establishing and building positive relationships, making responsible decisions, working effectively in teams, handling challenging situations constructively and developing leadership skills.

Academic Management
This pillar is targeted at providing the opportunity for student academic mentoring and the development of effective study skills and work strategies. Time may be used for guided NAPLAN or ATAR preparation strategies.
Health literacy improves a student’s ability to gain access to, understand and use health information and services in ways that promote and maintain health and wellbeing. This pillar explores drug and alcohol awareness, risk minimisation programs and reproductive health.
Digital Literacy
Students learn to navigate technology with confidence, care and consideration, understanding its possibilities, limitations and impact on individuals, groups and communities. Students will learn how to apply digital information security practices and apply personal security protocols in their practice. This pillar incorporates several cyber safety programs and an appreciation of the legal rights and responsibilities of online usage.
Human Relationships
Students will critically analyse and critically evaluate contextual factors that influence decision-making, behaviours and actions, and explore inclusiveness, power inequalities, assumptions, diversity and social justice and its impact on human relationships. This pillar explores consent education programs.