Pastoral Care  

We value the partnership between school, home, and community, and believe it provides students with a caring, enjoyable, and challenging educational environment. 

Academic and pastoral needs are central to the holistic formation of our students. In the pastoral sphere developmental, age-appropriate pastoral and wellbeing programs are delivered in Rathfarnham.

Rathfarnham has a strong Pastoral Care team that includes the Homeroom teacher, Director and Deputy Director of Rathfarnham, Positive Education Co-ordinator and School Psychologists overseeing the social and emotional wellbeing of the students in Preparatory - Year 6. 

A key aspect of our Pastoral program is underpinned by our Positive Education program taught across all our year levels. 

Positive education 

Positive Education brings together the science of positive psychology with best-practice teaching. At Loreto Toorak, our whole school approach to Positive Education incorporates educating students, staff, parents and the broader community about wellbeing. This approach is grounded in our Loreto values and guided by our vision to create a learning community which is strengths-focused, engenders resilience and enables individuals to flourish.

  • Preparatory - Year 6 Wellbeing practices such as meditation and Circle Time 
  • Preparatory - Year 6 Wellbeing curriculum using research-based programs such as You Can Do It! Education, Bounce Back! and Social Thinking
  • Mental Health awareness programs for all year levels 
  • A focus on cyber safety and positive online behaviour for all year levels.
  • Targeted lessons to address wellbeing and relationship issues that arise


Camps, tours and pilgrimages are an important part of our students’ learning experiences. It is through self-reflection and discovery that they develop and challenge themselves. 

  • Students in Year 1 and 2 participate in a late stay at school 
  • Students in Year 3 participate in an overnight sleepover at school 
  • Students in Year 4 enjoy a two-night Outdoor Education camp
  • Students in Year 5 spend three days and two nights at Sovereign Hill 
  • Students in Year 6 fly to Canberra for a four-day camp focusing on Australia’s Parliamentary System and Leadership.

Loreto Toorak has a connection to Christ the King School – Djarindjin Lombadina. A small group of Year 6 Loreto Toorak students are invited to visit this First Nation’s community, three hours north of Broome. In the alternate year our school community hosts girls from Christ the King School.