St Philip's pays particular attention to the care, guidance and encouragement given to each individual student. All teachers, by nature of their job, are involved in pastoral care. The House System also provides a structured opportunity for individual and small group relationships between staff and students.
The College is organised into six Houses, (Flynn, Griffiths, McKay, Partridge, Rolland and Topsy Smith) each under the direction of a Head of House, who is responsible for the pastoral care of students belonging to that House.
There are approximately 100 students in each House. Within each House students are formed into smaller groups of 18-20 students drawn from all year levels. These are called Tutor Groups and a teacher is assigned to each one. These House Tutors liaise closely with the Head of House and are the first point of contact for students and parents requiring help or information. Tutor Groups provide the focus for identity, encouragement and counselling.
The College offers a religious education program which relates to the student's age and which reflects societal trends while strongly maintaining the school's Christian principles. The College Chaplain plays an important role in the pastoral care of the College community. The Chaplain provides spiritual leadership for the College, is available for counselling, organises worship services and the Religious Education program.
The College has part time professional counsellors who are available to all students and parents. They take a pro-active approach to student health and personal development, helping to design the College's programs in these areas.
Pastoral care extends to information for parents, not all of whom are familiar with requirements for academic achievement at senior College level today and find it difficult to give their children accurate advice or direction.
St Philip's considers it has a duty to help parents as their children move through adolescence and provides advice on issues when required.
The College has an outward and responsible attitude to the community and fosters in children an appreciation of the value of belonging to and contributing to their community.
- The school encourages every student to give of his/her best.
- Motivation is encouraged through praise as well as correction.
- High personal values and performance are sought through an emphasis on the development of self discipline in each student and a sense of individual responsibility.
- Students are taught the value of service through being responsible for the care of others
- Students are encouraged to develop and exercise leadership.
- Students are expected to show courtesy, respect and consideration for others.