Each year is cared for by their Patron who is the middle person between students, staff and parents. It is the Patron who greets students on their first school day, provides them with buddies if they join throughout the course of the year and accompany students on camps. They are their ‘parent figure’ at school.
They keep a close watch on not only the academic needs of their students but also their emotional and social needs. They do this by observing the students in the classroom situation and in the playground; by liaising regularly with parents and staff.
The Patrons hold a fortnightly meeting with all the staff in their year groups, at which each student in the grade is discussed in order to gain an impression of their overall progress or any issues that may be emerging. Our aim is to be proactive rather than reactive to situations. Discussions with parents and/or students may be initiated from the information gleaned at Patron meetings.
Prior to commencing in Year 7 the Patron organises an orientation program in Term 4 as part of our transition programs for Senior School. In the first weeks of Year 7 the Patron takes the cohort on a three day camp where the activities are aimed at allowing students to build relationships with each other and with staff.
Fortnightly Patron periods are held with students in Year 7 and 8 providing the Patrons the opportunity to address any relevant issues with the cohort. Often the College Counsellor will work with the Patrons at these sessions to discuss such concerns as social behaviour, study routines and exam preparation. Our Peer Support (year 11 students) also work closely with our year 7/8 students, even offering their support through a Homework Club.
The Patron is the first port of call for parents who have a general concern about their child or information that may affect student’s performance or behaviour, such as events on the home front, which the Patron will then disseminate to staff.
For international students we have an additional Patron who helps students settle into both Australian life and Masada College.
Our weekly test period also allows us to track student academic progress and give feedback regularly to parents, rather than just waiting until formal reporting or parent/teacher nights.
Parent/Teacher Nights are held twice a year but feedback can be given to parents at any time of the year and Patrons are able to supply informal reports to parents on request or as needed.
Prior to commencing in Year 7 the Patron organises orientation programs in Term 4 as part of our transition programs for Senior School. In the first weeks of Year 7 the Patron takes the cohort on a three day camp where the activities are aimed at allowing students to build relationships with each other and with staff.
Our Year 5 students buddy our preschoolers in preparation for their transition into Year K the following academic year, at which point in Year 6 they can welcome and mentor them. Year 11 Peer Support Leaders also act as mentors and role models for our newly arrived Year 7s. They also work later in the year with Year 8. Peer Support also offer an after school homework club for the Years 7 and 8 students.
Learning Support Team
Led by our College Counsellor, our Senior School Learning Support Team, work with students with specific additional needs. These needs are diverse and range from issues with handwriting, perceptual difficulties, comprehension issues to difficulty with breaking down assignments.
Our Counsellor is there to support families and students in everything from study skills, to easing stress, to relationship issues and behavioural concerns.
Leadership Opportunities and Training
Developing the leader in each child is a focus at Masada College as reflected in our Leader in Me program. We look for opportunities to allow each child to have leadership opportunities, be they mentoring younger students, helping out at carnivals, representing the College at communal events or in an official capacity through our many and varied leadership roles.
Motivational speakers are brought in to address Year 10 students. We encourage Year 10 to have a major fund raiser which is about developing leadership as much as it is about charity.
Interfaith Programs are run for Years 9 and 11. Our Year 9 also link up with the children from a special needs school to give them an insight into their needs and ways they can support others.
Our extensive Co-Curricular Programs provide students with a multitude of opportunities to develop interests and build their confidence and result in the well rounded, confident, community minded young graduates that leave Masada College and successfully move into the world. Click here to view these programs.