Wellbeing & Belonging
Child Safety
Wellbeing Team
Wellbeing Topics

Wellbeing & Belonging

Our College holds the care, safety and wellbeing of each individual student as our fundamental responsibility. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment where respect, dignity and support for every person are the underpinning values of our community.


Students are warmly welcomed into the College community and are supported by structures to ensure a smooth transition.

Transition Day allows Grade 6 students to experience life as a Year 7 student. Individual meetings with Leadership Members and learning assessments prior to commencement allow us to gather information about the strengths and aspirations of each student.

All other new students (8-12) to the school are welcomed and allocated a “Buddy” and receive regular checks from both the Wellbeing Team and their Head of House.

Houses & Belonging

Belonging at Catholic College Bendigo begins with our House System. New students quickly develop a sense of belonging within their House and Housegroup, meeting each morning and going on camp together. Importantly, Housegroups have a vertical structure, allowing students to interact with each other across Year Levels. This helps build students’ self-confidence and provides opportunities for mentoring.

House spirit is evident in the colour and fanfare of our whole College events, such as the Swimming, Athletics Carnivals and Mercy Day celebrations. Heads of House and their team of teachers come to know their students very well and support them in their pursuit of educational, social, spiritual and leadership goals.

Camps & Retreats

Students at Catherine McAuley College are provided with opportunities for varied experiences away from day-to-day College life. A broad range of camps and retreats are provided for each year level for students to extend their knowledge, relationships and discover more about themselves.