Since the start of the College in 1962, the notion of ‘Daramalan Family’ has been one of the cornerstones of our approach to our students, parents and staff. Ex-students of course now form a large part of the family. The wellbeing of the family is our concern. Underpinning this is our belief that each and every individual is loved by God and our call as Christians is to respect and care for one another.
At school the pastoral care system, and more recently the academic care charter, sets the challenge for all staff to care for the individuals entrusted to us. Strong relationships are very often established between families and individual staff as a result of the pastoral contact. The Counselling Service, provided by Centacare, provides additional support as needed to students and families.
Positive, supportive relationships between staff are all important. Staff new to Daramalan most often comment on the wonderful spirit they observe amongst staff. This spirit flows on to the students.
There are times of crisis within any family and it is precisely at these times that the strength of the family is important. The ongoing friendships between ex-students provide them with a support base which can carry them through times of crisis. On other occasions, such as bereavements, staff are often present at funerals and the College provides any support it can.
The well being of the Daramalan family is at the very essence of Daramalan College.