Pastoral Care & House System
St Joseph’s College has a very strong, active culture of Pastoral Care for its students, which is strongly tied to the sense of family that has become synonymous with Terrace. We pride ourselves on growing an atmosphere of care, in which every individual is valued and welcomed. Central to our work is the concept of 'The Terrace Gentleman'. Our goal is to form the young men in our care into the best that they can be.
Our College strives to put multiple significant adults around each Terracian – from their core teacher, to their Pastoral Care Mentor, their House Dean, their sporting and cultural coaches and mentors.
Our Pastoral Care system is enhanced by our Retreat Program, the Campus Ministry and service programs from our Peer Ministry, the House System and other College opportunities that are offered, especially via our Outdoor Education Program. These elements all work to foster student leadership and identity among Gentlemen of Terrace. Our Pastoral Care and Formation programs are monitored by the leaders and Deans of our College, in particular, the Dean of Students.
The Pastoral Care system at Terrace is unique and is consistently reviewed and developed to continue to enhance the educational experience of our students. As a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, our Pastoral Care structures are consistent with the spirit and ethos of our faith. It is a strong incubator for the sense of belonging that endures among our Old Boys and gives students a sense of confidence to develop their individual personalities and gifts.
The House system is a fundamental structure in the personal formation of our students and a central component to life at Gregory Terrace. The nine Houses provide the framework for Pastoral Care Groups and the Buddy System, which are more condensed support, communication and social forums.
Our Houses advance their own sense of spirit, goal setting and striving within the broader Terrace Family and promote healthy competition and participation through inter-House events. They strongly support the College's goal of helping the development of the individual in the context of a close knit, sharing community.
Each House is named after a Christian Brother or someone who has had a significant impact on College life and the history of Terrace.
The Houses are: