Pastoral Care

'When people can express the truths that are in them they are truly learning.'

Matthew Fox, The Reinvention of Work :A New Vision of Livelihood for our Time.

Pastoral Care at St John's Catholic Primary School endeavors to foster the values of mutual respect, responsibility and service within the community. Pastoral care enables the school to develop a partnership between staff, students' parents and the wider community. This partnership enhances the quality of life and establishes networks of support. Student learning is a key area for pastoral care. 

The key to good teaching and learning at St John's Catholic Primary School is the learning environment and the quality of this environment is significantly determined by the human relations within the school. Pastoral care cannot be thought of in separate terms from the teaching and learning within the school; it is a key determinant of successful learning. Good pastoral care is shown by quality teaching and learning, good discipline, high expectations of student performance and teachers caring for students.

Our Pastoral Care Policy is based on the belief that education is concerned with:

  • The affirmation of persons where the capacity for goodness is nurtured into character and gifts and potentialities are realised.
  • The anticipation of persons where the learner is viewed as work in progress, full of possibilities and promises.
  • The love of persons where a way of being with people is characterised by a sense of care for their well-being and becoming.

We are committed to providing experiences that promote a positive approach to learning by addressing the issues of what children learn, how they learn and the development of quality relationships.

Therefore we will guide our students to:
  • be responsible for their own actions
  • engage in active learning
  • be skilled in negotiating
  • be confident learners
  • be independent and cooperative in their learning
  • be creative and critical in their thinking
  • access information through a variety of resources
  • listen actively
  • be self reflective
  • give peer support in playground and class
  • respond with thoughtful choices, positive comments etc.
  • solve problems
  • affirm others
  • accept agreed codes of behaviour for classroom and playground.
The living out of the pastoral care policy is the responsibility of the entire school community, staff, students and parents and embodies the values of:
  • Dignity of all including:
    • Respecting ourselves and each other.
    • Cooperating with each other.
    • Accepting our position in the school and environment.
    • Accepting differences in each other.
  • Recognising the potential of all including:
    • Respecting and valuing ourselves and others.
    • Valuing and affirming our potential.
    • Recognising the giftedness and talents in others.
    • Accepting roles and responsibilities.
    • Identifying our strengths and areas for improvement.
    • Encouraging, supporting and appreciating the potential and qualities of others.
  • Respect including:
    • Acting courteously to others.
    • Caring for the environment.
    • Valuing other people, their opinions and cultures.
    • Accepting people and ourselves as we are.
  • Tolerance including:
    • Listening to the opinions of others.
    • Being sensitive to the actions and feelings of others.
    • Compromising in times of conflict.
    • Acknowledging that we are all different.
  • Justice including:
    • Acknowledging that justice is about the rights of all.
    • Discriminating between just and unjust values.
    • Being positive to ourselves and others.
    • Developing equality in relationships with others.
    • Expressing opinions on social and environmental issues in terms of justice.