The physical, psychological, emotional and cognitive development of Riverside students is central to our College Ethos.  Student well-being is monitored and enhanced through the Form room environment specifically and throughout every class and co-curricular activity within and outside the College.

In 2016 the concept of Positive Education begins whereby students are assisted to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness and live a healthy lifestyle.  Students are taught how to recognise and use their character strengths under the guidance of professionally trained staff.

The RiSeCoDe provides a context for student behaviour.  Students are encouraged to make right choices, provide service, demonstrate compassion, and be dedicated to all that they do.  RiSeCoDe awards acknowledge those students who consistently show those traits, whilst all students are encouraged to develop the traits on their journey throughout the College.

A careers advisor conducts a program with Year 11 and 12 students, to encourage them to look widely in preparation for post school opportunities, and also meets individually with all Year 10, 11 and 12 students.

Two college counsellors meet individual students on referral from parents, teachers or students themselves.  They also conduct group sessions in areas of need. 

An external psychologist visits the school regularly and can be accessed to conduct testing and analyse and report results to parents and teachers.

The College Chaplain provides pastoral care and also supervises the YouthTrek program of Youth leadership.

Regular pastoral meetings occur with Heads of College, Counsellors, Chaplain and Principal to monitor students' well-being and ensure efficient communication of concerns.