Lumen Christi Catholic College belongs to a system of schools that proudly declares a special consideration for each individual and the development of the whole person. We endeavour to provide our students with a tangible link between contemporary society and the messages of the Gospel and Christian values and in doing so, enhance the personal and moral development of our students. Our College Vision and Mission Statement indicates the need to provide a positive, safe, supportive, encouraging environment together with an approach to discipline based on a climate of affirmation, challenge and trust.
College Houses form the framework for student wellbeing and pastoral care at Lumen Christi. Our Houses are fundamental in developing College and House "spirit" and providing a sense of "belonging" for our students.
Our College House system also provides opportunities for student leadership and informal peer mentoring. Every student at Lumen Christi belongs to one of four Houses – Monaroo, Gudu, Bobberrer or Baringa.
Pastoral Care Classes
Your child will meet every day with their Pastoral Care or Class Teacher to join in prayer, receive daily messages and discuss any issues they may be facing in their school or home life.
The first point of contact for students and families for any concerns including, illnesses, relationships, behavioural and other difficulties, should be your child's Pastoral Care or Class teacher.
Weekly Pastoral Care Program
Our weekly Pastoral Program has been developed to focus specifically on student health and wellbeing with an emphasis on many of the contemporary issues facing today's school aged children.
Some of the areas covered include careers pathways, cybersafety, healthy relationships, study skills, positive psychology, social justice, entrepreneurial skills, sport and fitness and robotics.
Student Affirmation is a positive behaviour program where students are awarded gold, silver and bronze awards. Students are presented with "Light of Christ" Certificates during College Assemblies. Merits accumulate Kindergarten to Year 6 and Year 7 to Year 12.
An initiative between Parishes, the College, and the local community our Immersion Experience provides students with an opportunity to develop a wider view of the world around us and to see firsthand the work of the Church in a broader context. The Immersion Experience is designed to challenge and confront students as they spend time living and helping in an overseas community, assisting local families, visiting schools and identifying an area of need for an ongoing social justice project.
Restorative Justice practices underpin a whole school commitment to quality relationships. It establishes a philosophy and a set of practices that reflect a commitment to inclusiveness and collaborative problem solving. It provides the College with strategies to manage students with challenging behaviours while maintaining the respect and dignity of all parties.
Student Retreats are an integral part of College life and each year group has a day set aside for a Retreat. Students are expected to attend Retreats as they are considered a compulsory part of the College curriculum. As part of the transition from primary school, our Year 7 students attend an Orientation Camp at the beginning of their high school education at Lumen Christi. Our Year 11 students also attend a three day Senior Retreat in preparation for their final year of high school and the HSC.
College Mass & Sacramental Programs
Students are expected to attend mass and support the Catholic ethos of the College. Kindergarten to Year 6 students also participate in regular class masses. Sacramental programs are offered throughout the year and are conducted by our local parishes. Masses are also held at lunchtimes each Thursday at 1pm in the College Chapel. Students, staff and the College community are all welcome.
Faith in Action
Your child will be encouraged to focus on "inspiring hope" and to work within our community to help others. Activities include supporting Project Compassion, St Vinnies and Christmas Appeals, Fred Hollows Foundation, local surf clubs, Mary MacKillop Foundation and Ricky's Place. The College is also involved in a program with Imlay House where students volunteer to visit residents and participate in a variety of activities on a weekly basis. We also encourage students to be involved in at least 10 hours of community service during the year. Students receive Service awards for 10, 20 and 40 hours of service depending on their commitment.
The College engages the services of a two qualified counsellors on a part time basis. This service is provided through an arrangement between Catholic Education and CatholicCare. Students and their families can be supported through difficult times including, illnesses, relationships, behavioural and other difficulties. You can make a confidential appointment to see the College Counsellor by phoning 6495 8896.