Sacred Heart
Primary
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Sacred Heart Primary Boggabri

Pastoral Care Policy

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Our Pastoral Care Policy is a plan for promoting the wellbeing and mental health of all members of the school community. Ensuring behaviour is maintained at a high level within the school, with the parents and teachers working together for the benefit of all students.

Students deserve to learn in a positive environment and teachers deserve to be able to teach effectively without behavioural disruptions.

This policy encourages respect, responsibility, concern and acceptance of others, self-esteem and spiritual growth.

 

STATEMENT OF PASTORAL CARE

Pastoral Care is expressed through a network of relationships involving and including every person. Parents, students and staff members are all involved in building our school community by:

  • Having a sense of belonging
  • Welcoming each other
  • Being known and respected
  • Recognising, appreciating and affirming the giftedness of each person
It is our goal to provide a positive, open atmosphere where we welcome all and provide a safe, caring environment that nurtures growth.

The class is the central focus for pastoral care enabling children to belong to a significant group. Effective teaching which employs a variety of strategies and integrates the academic, spiritual, social and physical aspects of the curriculum, caters for the needs and development of all students and is integral to pastoral care.

 

THE AIMS OF PASTORAL CARE

The aims of Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart School are:

  • To enable all to grow to their full potential
  • To acknowledge everyone, develop quality relationships and establish networks of care
  • To foster personal and mutual respect among and between all members of our school community; children, teachers, parents and other members of our school and wider community
  • To provide satisfying learning experiences and enable each one to develop confidence in his / her ability
  • To foster a sense of self-worth as individuals created and loved by God, with a sense of hope for themselves and for their world
  • To develop an appreciation of and respect for cultural and family differences
  • To provide staff and students with counselling for a range of emotional experiences through Diocesan agencies such as Centacare and the Seasons for Growth Program

 

IMPLEMENTATION OF PASTORAL CARE POLICY

To facilitate the growth of Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart School Boggabri the following occur:

Fostering School Spirit:
  • Buddy system between Kindergarten to Year 6
  • Whole school assemblies
  • Whole school celebrations
  • Liturgy and prayer celebrations for special times
Structures for Communication with Parents:
  • Fortnightly newsletter
  • Formal interview
  • Written student report – Semester 1 and Semester 2
  • Parent information night early in the year
  • Parents are encouraged to come in and be involved in the school
  • Reports of school activities at PTF/PAC Meetings
  • Sacramental programmes and parent information nights
  • Informal social occasions
  • Support for families in need
  • Parish Bulletin and Catholic Viewpoint
Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Whole school assemblies
  • Participation in Buddy Programme
  • Community involvement Eg. ANZAC Day Celebrations
  • School Seniors attend Impact Leadership Conferences
  • Student representation in Student Representative Council (SRC)
Affirmation of Students:
  • In class acknowledgment and awards in recognition of student’s efforts and achievements
  • Recognition of contributions to class and school community
  • Awards at whole school assemblies
  • Recognition in school and local media
Pastoral Care of Staff:
  • Support provided by colleagues
  • Recognition of contributions through staff meetings and newsletters
  • Informal social interactions
  • Recognising and celebrating special events and supporting one another in crisis
  • Access to Centacare
The School as Part of the Parish
  • The school is seen as an important part of the Sacred Heart Parish Community
  • Priests and other parish members are welcomed
  • Involvement in Sacramental programmes
  • Families are encouraged to become involved in Parish activities and celebrations

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