Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is central to all that we do at Launceston Grammar and encompassed in our classroom activities, co-curricular, community service and chaplaincy programmes.

Our Pastoral Care is based on challenging and inspiring our students to embody the Launceston Grammar Virtues: Wisdom, Gentleness, Love, Sincerity, Justice, Forgiveness, Humility, Thankfulness, Patience, Hope, Joy, Perseverance, Service, Compassion and Kindness.

By helping our students to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world in which they live, they learn to be learners and leaders within their community at a local, national and global level and develop leadership skills to assist them throughout life.

Encouraging a student to believe in and to value his or her own unique abilities is one of the most important lessons of life. Our teachers encourage every student to be confident in their self-worth, to be open to new experiences, to build new friendships, develop individual abilities and explore undeveloped talents.

Our teachers care for our students through positive and supportive daily interactions. A House Tutor has prime responsibility for students within their tutor group and liaises closely with the Head of House and Head of Campus and parents to guide each student throughout the year. In our Grade 7 Transition programme, our Head of Grade 7 works closely with the Head of Senior Campus, our core class teachers and parents. A prime focus is on building strong partnerships between the School and the families through regular communication. We encourage parental involvement in many activities which helps to create a community in which our students, parents and teachers learn and develop together.

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House System

The House System began at Launceston Grammar in 1924 when the School moved to Mowbray Heights. Four Houses were formed at the time; three named in honour of former Headmasters, the Rev William H Savigny, Rev Christopher G Wilkinson and Mr Harry Gillett, and the other, a generous benefactor, Mr William Hawkes. In 1959, an additional House was formed and named in honour of former Headmaster Mr Norman H Roff bringing the total number of Houses to five.

The large number of boarders in 1961 made it necessary to introduce Fraser House, named in honour of the late Mr Hugh Fraser, MBE who had been actively associated with the School for 56 years. To note, Fraser House ceased operation between 1970 and 1997.

In 1998, the Boarding House was renamed Hawkes House and two new day Houses were created: Fraser and Savigny. In 2001 Hawkes House discontinued as an entity for House competition and the boarders were reallocated across the five other Houses. The name Hawkes was retained and became the name of the Boarding House.

Student Leadership Programme

Leadership opportunities occur within the pastoral care system as well as within the wider School. Grade 7 staff provide these opportunities in a number of ways within their normal programme. Houses use other senior students to organise and support teams in Intra School competitions and to liaise with Grade 7 House members. In many cases, these senior students remain mentors as the juniors join their tutor groups in Grade 8. The School arranges training of selected students to become peer mentors.