Student Welfare

Our Beliefs About Pastoral Care

The key to good teaching and learning at St Francis Xavier's is the learning environment, and the quality of this environment is significantly determined by the human relationships within the school. Pastoral Care cannot be thought of in separate terms from the teaching and learning at St Francis Xavier's; it is a key determinant of successful learning. Good Pastoral Care is exemplified by:

  • quality teaching and learning
  • appropriate student management
  • high expectations of student performance
  • teachers who take an interest in the lives of their students

At St Francis Xavier's we believe that Pastoral Care permeates all aspects of school life. It reflects the values, attitudes, beliefs and practices of our Catholic faith and involves all members of our school community – students, teachers, parents, and all other adults who contribute to the well being of each student.

Pastoral Care is concerned with fostering students' self discipline. It aims to develop persons who are responsible and inner-directed, and capable of choosing freely in accordance with their conscience.

Pastoral Care should also help students to recognise that their fundamental freedoms and rights are reciprocated by responsibilities. It fosters an environment of mutual respect where the needs of each individual are catered for.

Student Management seeks to promote a respectful, secure environment where students can prosper. It is intrinsically related to the principles and values of the Gospel, and to the Christian vision of Pastoral Care.

Practices and procedures for student management at St Francis Xavier's are based upon restorative practices.

As a philosophy, Restorative Justice at St Francis Xavier's provides a framework of student management that moves away from the traditional punitive response, to one which, while still providing limits and consequences, looks for ways to repair and improve existing relationships.

Restorative Justice:

  • has clear expectations, limits and consequences
  • is more concerned with harm done rather than which rules/laws have been broken
  • is more concerned with making things right and healing rather than what  punishment is deserved
  • is focused on relationships and how people are affected
  • fits within the framework of the Catholic Education Office's 'Pastoral Care Guidelines for Catholic Schools' (2003).
  • educate our students in a happy, secure environment;
  • promote, live and celebrate Gospel values and the teachings of the Catholic Church;
  • build self-confidence and instil a love of learning
  • nurture each student's spiritual, intellectual, physical and emotional development; and
  • build a sense of optimism and hope.

As important members of the school community, students are valued for the contributions they can make to the school. Leadership potential is encouraged and supported.

Student leaders are voted for by the students each year. Two students in Year 6 are voted in as School Captains. Students also vote for House Colour Captains. As well, each class (Years 3-6) votes for Student Representative Council members. These students are involved in a variety of school activities such as weekly assemblies, sport carnivals, fundraising and outreach programs, committees and delivering special occasion addresses. Our student leaders meet weekly with the Principal to plan school improvement and advise and report on student issues.

Our Policy on Anti-Bullying

Please click on the link for our Anti-Bullying policy.