The College currently operates with five Houses: Campbell, MacKillop, Salvado, Tangney and Yagan.
Prior to commencing at the College each student is assigned to a Homeroom within one of the five Houses. The Homerooms are organised (vertically) in two paired groupings - Years 7 to 9 and Years 10 to 12. Siblings are placed in the same House and paired Homeroom paired grouping. Communication with the College in relation to the welfare of a student is generally facilitated via the Homeroom Teacher.
Each House has a Pastoral Coordinator with a mission of focusing on the welfare and pastoral care of students. The Pastoral Coordinators are part of a team which is led by the Director of Pastoral Care, and also includes the College Psychologist.
In addition to being used for pastoral support the House system helps facilitate the integration of students across year groupings and a range of College Activities. These may include Inter-house competitions, sporting activities and community service fund-raising events. Backed by experienced staff members the House structure ensures students feel supported and cared for. This nurtures contentment, encouraging students to engage positively in the learning opportunities offered.
Members of the Pastoral Care Team for 2012 are:
Director of Pastoral Care
Pastoral Coordinator Campbell
Pastoral Coordinator Yagan
Pastoral Coordinator MacKillop
Pastoral Coordinator Salvado
Pastoral Coordinator Tangney
The Five College Houses
Each of the five Colleges houses is named after a
person who has made a significant contribution to Australian life and
culture. The area of focus each house relates in some
way to the life and work of the House patron.
Yagan House is named after the Aboriginal leader Yagan. (At the time of
settlement in the Swan River colony, 1829, Yagan was among those who offered
the settlers support. Although this positive start was later overtaken
by conflict, Yagan remains a positive symbol of Aboriginal culture of
the time and the Aboriginal people within our community now. In recognition
of his work in relationship building the focus of Yagan House is Community.
Tangney House is named after Senator Dame Dorothy Margaret Tangney, ALP,
1911 - 1985. ( Dame Tangney was elected to Federal Parliament in 1943
as Australia's first female Senator and gave outstanding service to Western
Australia. A notable Catholic leader Dame Tangney advocated for
the rights of the less advantaged. She received much recognition for this work on both sides of the
Parliament. In aspiring to her great dedication the focus of Tangney House is Service.
Salvado House is named after Spanish Benedictine monk Rosenda Salvado.
In 1846 Rosenda Salvado and Joseph Serra led the founding party of the
New Norcia Mission. As a bishop and a missionary, Salvado later become
a pivotal figure in Western Australia. Here he gave great leadership to the
local faith community until his death in 1901. In recognition of this
important contribution the focus of Salvado House is Faith.
MacKillop House is named after Mother Mary MacKillop. An Australian born
of Scottish parents, Mary MacKillop 1842-1909, was a leader
in Catholic Education who focused upon the learning opportunities for
the rural and the urban children. These pupils were often disadvantaged
in terms of material benefits and without access to opportunities
to learn about God, their faith or the code of ethics desired by their
parents. During 2010 Mary MacKillop will become Australia’s first Saint. In recognition
of her dedication the focus of MacKillop House is Learning
Campbell House is named after Alec Campbell. Born in Launceston
in 1899 he enlisted in the First World War aged 16. His
youthfulness led to him being nicknamed "the Kid" at Gallipoli. Alec Campbell
was the last of the ANZACS who served at Gallipoli, and almost certainly its last
survivor in the world. The nation honours Alec Campbell and his comrades
for their courage and spirit of self-sacrifice. Alec Campbell will live
on to represent all ANZACS.) In their memory and honour
Campbell house focuses on Excellence.