Pastoral Care

Buddy Program

When students enrol at Our Lady of Victories in Kindergarten, they are supported in their transition by a buddy allocated to them from the following year’s Stage 3 class (Year 5/6). These buddies work throughout the last two terms of the pre-school year to help the new kinders learn the routines of the school and settle into the life of a “big schooler”.

Support Personnel

Learning Support Team

Students at Our Lady of Victories Primary School, Shortland are supported by a learning support teacher and three learning support assistants. The learning support team assist the pastoral and academic needs of the students.

Clinical Psychologist

Our Lady of Victories has a psychologist working at the school, provided through the Catholic Schools Office. The psychologist provides support with academic and social assessments. Recommendations are made to assist parents and teachers to cater for the ongoing educational needs of the students.

Pastoral Care Worker

Through the federal government chaplain program, Our Lady of Victories, Shortland, offers a support person to those experiencing difficult moments in their school life such as death in the family, family break-ups, or peer conflicts. This person also supports the school garden and lunchtime craft activities.