Pastoral Care


Roedean has a structured Pastoral Care System. Members of staff and qualified Psychologists are pleased to advise you about difficulties you may encounter, be they academic matters or family concerns. Roedean is equipped to provide meaningful assistance and guidance where pupils’ emotional well-being is concerned.

Caring and Nurturing our Girls

Our girls are our most treasured asset and consequently our focus is to ensure that they thrive in an environment which allows them optimal opportunities to achieve both personal and academic success.

As a Counselling and Careers Department, we have adopted a whole- school approach to support our school community as we strive to work holistically, preventively and systemically in order to best meet the needs of the girls, families and members of the school community with whom we work in the Junior and Senior Schools.

Our department consists of Psychologist Ms Kathryn Muir and Ms. Isla Maynard Parents and girls who require support are welcome to make contact and set up an appointment with either of us in the department. The Counselling and Careers Department forms part of the School-Based Support team, and collaborate closely with the Academic Support team, the Pastoral Care team as well as Life Orientation teachers in the Senior School as and when is required and applicable, to ensure that pupils’ needs are met systemically and as holistically as possible. In the Junior School, we work closely with parents, teachers and a multi-disciplinary team which consists of a Remedial Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapists and a Physiotherapist.

Regular meetings between members of the Multi-Disciplinary team and Pastoral Care team are held to ensure that girls in need of support are identified timeously, their progress and well-being monitored, and the provision made for ongoing professional assistance as and where necessary. We also offer emotional assessment and support, subject choice and career assessment and counseling, study skills support, parental guidance, support to teachers, and are able to refer to professionals outside of the school context, be this psychologists in private practice or other professionals when necessary.

Career Decision Making

Similarly to the Subject Choice dilemma, committing to a career proves even more daunting. Work is done throughout high school in Life Orientation to assist girls in building on their existing knowledge from each consecutive year and to internalize their research so that they are able to make an informed decision in the final year of school and contribute significantly and effectively to their prospective vocations.

Individual and group counselling offers further support to those who are still unable to make a career choice in their senior years. Roedean also offers additional co-curricular support.

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SA's Pioneers of Cognitive Education

Since 2009, Thinking Skill have been an integral part of the curriculum, preparing pupils for the challenges of higher education and life itself. We strive to prepare our girls to lead ‘life of significance’ in a world of exponential change. Roedean is the only school in SA to be accredited as a Thinking School from Grades 0-12.