Pastoral Care at Stanford

The Pastoral Care programme at Stanford Lake College is underpinned by the ethos and values of the school and is designed to provide a support system for our students which will ensure their development and growth during their time with us. Relationship building is at the heart of this process. The programme is overseen by Mr Shane Friedrichs: Deputy Head who is assisted by Mrs Shirley Jack, who is the internal School Counsellor and who is responsible for all counselling initiatives. All academic and boarding house staff play an integral role in the tutor system. We have several levels of Pastoral Care available to our students.

Each Grade 8 student is allocated a Grade 12 mentor who plays a ‘big brother/big sister’ role and who is there as a guide and support. Our Grade 8-0 (Bridging Year) students are each allocated a Grade 11 student to act as their mentor.


A Grade 12 Pastoral Care Committee was established in 2020 and it acts as an ‘ear’ and a ‘shoulder’ to students who feel they need to confide in someone but do not wish to see a staff member. This committee works closely with the staff responsible for the pastoral wellbeing of our students.


Every student in the school belongs to a tutor group of approximately 10 students, generally from within the same grade.  They are organised within boarding houses and the boarding staff within each boarding house act as tutors. Day scholar tutor groups are overseen by staff who typically live off campus. The role of the tutor is to keep an eye on all facets of their tutees’ lives and to keep in close contact with parents. They become the ‘parent’ for their tutees while school is in session. The Housemasters/Housemistresses who are in charge of the various boarding houses, as well as the staff in charge of day scholars, are responsible for all the students in their care and play a crucial role in the wellbeing of their students.


The school makes use of the services of two external specialists who are at school every Wednesday.


Mrs Margie Schlebusch is our external counsellor who deals with issues where the school feels it necessary to call in professional help. Margie has an Honours Degree in Clinical Psychology, a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling, an Advanced TRE Certification and she is registered with the ASCHP as a Specialist Wellness Counsellor.


Mrs Sunita Glanvill has a B.Ed  Honours Degree in Learner Support and she runs Thinking Kids Learning Centre in Tzaneen. Sunita offers our students courses in organisation, thinking skills, coping skills and stress management.