Pastoral Academic Care

School based Pastoral Academic Care (PAC) at O’Connor refers to the care of the whole person. It is based upon the belief in the dignity of the person. Research ( Jacqueline Van Velsen, CEO WISA Wellbeing in Schools Australia) indicates that students with high levels of wellbeing are more likely to achieve high academically and complete school, have better health, and have greater participation in the workforce. Wellbeing is everyone’s business.

O’Connor’s Pastoral Academic Care program is based on this evidence that learning and wellbeing are inextricably linked. Our PAC Program includes coaching, learning conversations and goal setting. The PAC teacher plays a very important role in monitoring and building wellbeing. The Student Diary is based on a strengths based approach. It emphasises the strengths that people have and how they build their strengths in other areas. The key elements of the student diary are: Positive Engagement; Meaning and Purpose; Skills and Achievement; Relationship and Optimism; Strengths and Emotions; and Exercise and Health. These are the key elements needed to strive, thrive and flourish.

Pastoral Academic Care Framework

At O’Connor, each PAC class has two staff allocated. This allows for administration (rolls marked, daily notices etc to be done) to occur while learning conversations occur. PAC runs from 8.50 - 9.10 every day. PAC time is with both PAC teachers and has a focus on Resilience and coaching. Are students set up for the day? Do they have books, device, equipment etc.

Resilience and Connections


Year Leaders and PAC Teachers for 2018

Mr Andrew May
Year 12 PAC Leader

Year 12 - Coordinator – Mr Andrew May
PAC Teachers: Mr Michael Wooster / Mrs Jenny Frazier
Mr Ian Tonkin
Mrs Elizabeth Simpson
(Mr Tonkin & Mrs Simpson supported by Mr Simon Fleming)

Miss Camilla Clydsdale
Year 11 PAC Leader

Year 11 – Coordinator – Miss Camilla Clydsdale
PAC Teachers Mr Stephen Chapman / Mrs Melissa Killen
Mr Mitchell Smidt/Mrs Lily Moar
Mrs Anne Healey
Mr Mark Harris
(Mrs Healey and Mr Harris supported by Mrs Denise Fittler)

Mrs Vicki Channon
Year 10 PAC Leader

Year 10 - Coordinator – Mrs Vicki Channon
PAC Teachers: Miss Tonya McQuilty / Mr Peter McLeish
Mrs Sue McLeod/Mr Jon Hawthorne
Mrs Glenda Lemon/Mrs Toni Widders
Mrs Cheryl Leggatt/Mr Daniel Fittler

Mr Mark Fulloon
Year 9 PAC Leaser

Year 9 – Coordinator – Mr Mark Fulloon
PAC Teachers: Mrs Florence Champion de Crespigny / Miss Melanie Sampson
Mr Damian Roff/Miss Kate Bloomfield
Mr Ian Yensch/Mr Darryl Harper
Mrs Megan Wooster/Mrs Janet Price

Mr James Russell
Year 8 PAC Leader
Russell Mr James

Year 8 Coordinator – Mr James Russell
PAC Teachers: Miss Amanda Bell / Mrs Elitia Parry
Mrs Lorna Ahern/Mr Steven Kirkaldy
Mrs Candice Savell/Mr Mark Honeysett
Mr Nick Bolger/Ms Regina Menz
Mrs Mellissa Bell/Mrs Natalie Mellowship-Brown

Miss Melita Roache
Year 7 PAC Leader
Roache Melita

Year 7 Coordinator – Miss Melita Roache
PAC Teachers: Mrs Kath Czinner / Mr Gary Osborne
Miss Yolanda Kreuzen/Mrs Kaylene Osborne
Mrs Jenny Roff/Mr Anthony Kelly
Mrs Ruth Patrick/Mr Bryan Allerton

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