In accordance with the College mission statement we strive to create a supportive and caring ethos in St. Mary’s College for each member of its school community.
Each class has a Year Team and Academic Monitor, who meet the class regularly and who work closely with the Year Head to look after the needs of the students in the class group.
Each year group has a Year Head who, whenever possible, remains with that group until 6th year.
Other Pastoral Care Team Members
Other members of the Pastoral Care Team are the Chaplains, Guidance Counsellors, Learning Support Team, Deputy Principal and Principal.
Special Education Needs
St. Mary’s College is committed to the inclusion of all students in our school and endeavours to identify and meet Special Education Needs in as far as is reasonably possible. All students are encouraged to play an active role in College life and are challenged to realize an academic potential in line with their ability level. We have a dedicated Learning Support Team to look after and monitor the progress of students with special educational needs.
St. Mary’s College operates a ‘Buddy System’ for incoming First Year students. Individual Sixth year students mentor 4-5 new first year students to help them settle into their new school. The 6th years are trained for this role.
These programmes help young people deal with a significant change in their family due to death and/or separation.
School Completion Continuation Programme
This involves in-school support by a qualified youth worker which involves withdrawing students for one class period a week to help resolve their difficulties.