Pastoral Care

School Rules - Kind Hands, Kind Words and Kind Hearts.

At St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Concord our vision "Open Minds, Open Hearts, Open Hands" guides all learning and calls us to direct our minds and hearts to God by reaching out to others in friendship and in faith. In our community all are encouraged to live the message of Jesus to love God and one another.

We are committed to developing an innovative learning community that listens, nurtures, communicates, embraces and responds to change and is generous in spirit.

We aim to foster the well-being of all through positive working relationships, building friendships and respecting individual needs, interests and talents in a warm and caring environment.

Our school wide pedagogy reflects our vision for learning and underpins our practices.


Pastoral Care is concerned with the well-being of the whole school community and reflects the values of justice and peace, modelled for us by Jesus Christ and evidenced in the care, thoughtfulness and compassion we show to each other. As a school community we value the uniqueness of each person and aim to nurture all spiritually, emotionally, physically, socially and academically. Pastoral Care is the responsibility of each person in the school community.

Pastoral care informs our policies and procedures, our teaching and learning, our interactions and relationships. Through pastoral care we endeavour to uphold and sustain mutual respect, responsibility and service within the community which, when applied to people with a disability, are in keeping with the Disability Act (1992). Pastoral care is part of and fundamental to every aspect of our school's life and activities. The essence of this Policy therefore is evident in all other Policies developed and implemented.

A range of programs assists us in ensuring that students' needs at specific times or in specific circumstances are met.

It is our belief that staff members, parents and children all work together to respect and value one another. The values of forgiveness, justice and tolerance guide our interactions with each other.

We seek to:

  • Promote positive self-esteem, self-image and self-worth

  • Encompass and accept individual needs and differences

  • Build strong relationships within the school community

  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment; one that challenges the individual to be the best person they can be

  • Employ a positive management policy which fosters self-discipline, has clear expectations and organised procedures.

Rights and Responsibilities

We believe that all members of our community have rights and responsibilities.

Students have the right to:

  • Feel safe at all times

  • Feel happy in our school environment

  • Be treated with respect

  • Have their property respected

  • Learn, work and play in a clean and tidy environment

  • Students have the responsibility for:

  • Playing and working safely

  • Listening, learning and helping others

  • Following class and playground rules

  • Accepting the consequences of behaviour

  • Respecting their own and others' property

  • Being well mannered

  • Being fair and just and not to physically or verbally hurt others

  • Helping keep our school clean and tidy