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.
Class work: – Various questionnaires, worksheets and projects assist girls from grade 8 to 12 in internalizing their discoveries and class discussions assist pupils to ask relevant questions and clarify any uncertainties. Pupils are then able to make mature and responsible decisions around careers.Alongside the work on careers, additional work is covered in the area of the social and emotional development. This assists pupils in developing soft and hard skills necessary for life. Through self knowledge, confidence, effective communication skills and assertiveness, pupils gain the ability to make responsible and successful career choices.
The 21st century workplace has undergone and continues to undergo a number of significant changes economically, socially and occupationally which have presented unique opportunities and challenges to school communities globally. As a result of these changes, school communities are in the unprecedented position of preparing our learners for a world of work that is very different to that which their parents and teachers know- a world of work which is characterized by change and complexity, and where the landscape of the psychological career contracts between employer and employee are underpinned by the need for employees to self- direct, self- motivate and self- manage their careers. (Hall, 1995).
It is also a world of work that places emphasis on the well-rounded individual, and one who possesses morally and ethically sound personal and community leadership skills and abilities. With this shift, there is a profound responsibility placed on our school community to create opportunities for learners to acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and values to develop self and career information- both of which are imperatives in developing self- reliance and resilience when entering and navigating in an ever-changing and dynamic world of work.
At Roedean, we aspire to offer a holistic and comprehensive program which delivers instruction and the opportunity to develop these attributes through the curriculum, individual and group career counseling and our comprehensive resource centre.
Development of Personal and Community Leadership
The 21st Century demands far more than just academic potential and the ability to fulfill basic job requirements, but also a wide range of soft skills and a high level of emotional intelligence. The following additional support is offered in an endeavour to develop each pupil further.
The Service Learning Project: – in collaboration with the Social Responsibility Programme, a project has been developed in which the Grade 8 (Upper V) pupils are assigned to community-based organizations. They are taught the basic skills of team work and effective communication with these groups, completing a needs analysis; project planning and proposal writing; developing a budget; actual implementation and evaluation. The purpose is for the pupils to understand the project process and to encourage the importance of being engaged, conscious, responsible citizens; pupils gain an understanding of solution-based civic action and leadership.
The Myers-Briggs Personality Test: – This test measures pupils personality type and allows pupils to discover the true essence of themselves. It is aimed at the Grade 11 (Ante-Matrics) and enables individuals to know themselves better, work better in teams and choose careers more wisely.