Pastoral care approach

Aligned with the Hearts and Minds wellbeing framework and focussed on the holistic development of each student, pastoral care at MBC is seen as a collaborative partnership between students, parents and carers, and staff.

By fostering the development of positive relationships between all stakeholders, we create a community where girls feel safe, valued, connected and have a strong sense of belonging. This approach is reflected in the College’s Positive Behaviour Policy and seeks to optimise the wellbeing of each girl, and, in turn, her individual growth and success.



In the Primary years, the International Baccalaureate programme ensures positive attributes and attitudes are embedded throughout the curriculum. Within a Christian context, we aim to create an environment in which students can achieve their academic and personal potential. We encourage students to develop a sense of personal integrity and responsibility towards themselves and others. Most importantly, we work to ensure students develop a sense of care, respect and compassion for one another. All programmes are supported by the Deputy Head of Primary (Students), Primary Psychologist and College Chaplain



Pastoral care in the Secondary years is formally provided via a vertically structured House system and a wellbeing curriculum called the Positive Minds programme. Girls belong to one of four Houses – Wesley, Whitfield, Alison Greene or Drewe – with each house consisting of eight Form Classes. The Form Class is the first point of contact in the school day and is made up of three to five girls from each year level and a Form Teacher. The Head of House has oversight of the pastoral care of the girls in each House, and works in partnership with the College Counsellor, Chaplain and the Deputy Head of Secondary (Students). The vertical House system is designed to provide opportunities for each girl to build positive relationships with her peers, across year levels and with staff, thus ensuring she has a strong support network at school.

The Positive Minds programme is a carefully sequenced, developmentally appropriate wellbeing curriculum which extends from Year 7 to 12, with one lesson timetabled per week for each year level. Coordinated by the College Counsellor, the programme is mapped against the Hearts and Minds wellbeing framework and draws on best practice in the social-emotional development of adolescents.

A supportive community

The Moreton Bay Colleges affirm the position of the Uniting Church of Australia that every person is precious and entitled to live with dignity because they are God’s children, and that each person’s life and rights need to be protected or the human community (and its reflection of God) and all people are diminished.

Dignity in Humanity: A Uniting Church Statement on Human Rights; July 1, 2006.

At Moreton Bay College diversity and inclusion are integral parts of our culture and identity. We are passionate about developing confident, independent and resilient future ready global citizens, in a caring and diverse Christian learning environment. Thus, we want to create an inclusive culture where all staff and students, from all backgrounds and walks of life, are valued and respected.

We believe that the ‘College spirit’ is discernible to anyone who spends a few hours at the College; it goes beyond simply having pride in the College. What makes MBC truly special is that our community works very hard to preserve and continue the sense of belonging, camaraderie and cooperation that is genuinely inclusive of girls from many different backgrounds and abilities. This extends to our classrooms, our grounds, and our extra-curricular activities, as well as our external interactions and beyond.

Therefore, the Moreton Bay Colleges are committed to fostering a positive and supportive community that is free from discrimination on the basis of age, disability, race, sex, intersex status, gender identity and sexual orientation. We support the right of people to express their whole identity without fear of bullying, judgement, reprisal, or discrimination. With courage and hope, we embrace the challenge to be an inclusive and compassionate community which fosters safe dialogue and respectful relationships.