May I take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to our school. We hope this is the beginning of a long and lasting association with Mother of Good Counsel School. We are here to support you as the first educators of your child and trust you always feel welcome here as we work together for the well-being and education of children. Let us plan for our time to be spent in co-operation, collaboration and mutual support.
We base all work on Gospel values. We hold these values to be the most important personal, spiritual and emotional aspects of a child’s development, which, combined with a comprehensive and rigorous curriculum, helps each child develop his/her own abilities and become a totally integrated, self-disciplined student.
Each child and parent wishing to enrol in this school must strive to uphold the values of this school. All children are expected to participate in the Religious Education program and must agree to become part of this community of learners who seek knowledge of this world and of its Creator and who wish to participate in life and enjoy it to the full (John 10:10). Parent involvement is considered a key element in maintaining a positive approach to educational, social and behavioural expectations.
We endeavour to nurture the development of the whole child – academically, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. Our Positive Relationships and Behaviour Plan, fosters healthy relationships between students and teachers through pastoral care and the promotion of social and emotional well-being. Self-regulation is encouraged, as is respect for the rights of others.
Active participation in church events and responding to local community needs ensures that we uphold the Christian values that are an integral part of Mother of Good Counsel’s core.
Parents feel a strong attachment to the school and believe that the children are encouraged to be persistent with their learning. This is indicated by way of the children enjoying going to school and looking forward to attending school each day. There is an overwhelming belief from parents that our school is consistently striving to improve, and that they feel comfortable approaching the school with concerns regarding their child’s learning or social interactions.
The staff at Mother of Good Counsel recognise that their input is vital in encouraging a climate conducive of learning. Staff appreciate the shared professional colleagiality and support that is encouraged through effective communication and decision making opportunities. The staff at Mother of Good Counsel School recognise the need for clear goals and expectations and appreciate the professional development opportunities they have. They are proud of the school’s performance, and feel committed to this community as a place of learning in a Christian environment.
Students feel positive about being at Mother of Good Counsel, feeling cheerful and energised at school, and appreciating the time and effort that teachers put in to their preparation and individual care. Students believe that their teachers help them by directing them to numerous sources for information gathering and that the school is preparing them well for their future. Students report a true sense of connectedness with the school and their teachers.
Principal, Mother of Good Counsel School