House System

All students and staff at Shalom College are welcomed into one of ten Houses each under the administration of a Head of House. Within each House staff nurture a Pastoral Care Group which consists of approximately 25 students from Years 7 to 12. Year 11 and 12 students serve as role models for their Pastoral Care Group. The Pastoral Care Group promotes a strong sense of community.

The House System evolved as a means of providing better personal care and leadership opportunities for all students at Shalom College. The aims of the House System are to:

  • integrate the academic, social and religious dimensions so that an atmosphere of care prevails within the College community
  • continuously seek and affirm each student's worth, dignity and vocation and encourage him/her to reach for excellence in every dimension of his/her life
  • help create an environment permeated with the Gospel spirit of love and freedom, an environment built of the Gospel values taught by Jesus Christ
  • assist in the development of the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, physically and intellectually.

Shalom College, as a Catholic school, must be different. Shalom College values the worth of the individual. The Catholic school aims for its members strong character formation, true Christian living based on Gospel values and a faith life that continuously grows.

Students are allocated to one of ten Houses – Adams, Chisholm, Damien, Hogan, Lingiari, MacKillop, McAuley, McCormack, Rice or Walsh. Each House comprises of approximately 150 students, ranging from Year 7 to Year 12.

Pastoral Care Groups meet daily for personal care and administration with their Pastoral Care teacher who is the teacher responsible for the group. Most activities within the College are organised within the House structure. Students will be involved in various activities such as Inter-House sport, Shalom Day and House get-togethers.