Our aim is to provide a happy, caring and compassionate school where justice, respect, hope and other Gospel values are reflected in all that we do. Our pastoral care finds its authenticity in, and is modelled on, the person of Jesus Christ, who is its focus, source of strength and inspiration.
The responsibility of care is entrusted to all members of the school community. We recognise that all people are made in the image and likeness of God, and that the dignity and uniqueness of each person is therefore paramount. The school community, grounded in the Gospel of Jesus, is imbued with a sense of compassion, tolerance, forgiveness, reconciliation and justice.
In pursuit of these aims, we have several programs and practices in place.
- Through the “You Can Do It” program, we aim to develop the social and emotional intelligence of our students by teaching them the five “keys to success”: confidence, organisation, persistence, getting along and resilience. You can read more about this program here.
- Through the “Positive Behaviour for Learning” (PBL) program, we have a schoolwide approach for teaching behavioural expectations so that we may maintain a safe environment where students value learning and respect the rights of themselves and others. Our school rules are broadly summarised as follows: Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible. The teachers use a variety of reward systems in the classroom and on the playground to encourage and affirm positive behaviour.
- We facilitate social skills groups for students experiencing relationship issues with one another. They are run on a needs basis.
- Each Kindergarten student is paired up with a Year 5 student as a means of enabling a mentor relationship between each pair of students.
- Students with disabilities are welcome at St Patrick’s. Those students are supported in the classroom and on the playground. Students with disabilities allow other students the opportunity to see beyond the disability and to appreciate the gifts that those students bring to St Patrick’s.
- Disciplinary measures and sanctions are not approached merely as punitive actions, but in the context of endeavouring to foster responsibility and change. Corporal punishment is banned as a punitive measure at St Patrick’s.
Pastoral Care Worker
Our Pastoral Care Worker (PCW) is employed for 3½ hours per week. The PCW offers advice and guidance to students, families and staff members in a variety of situations, such as family illness, financial hardship, loss of a loved one and student attendance. The PCW offers advice regarding parenting skills and in networking with external agencies, both religious and secular. In summary, the PCW promotes pastoral processes that nurture a culture of care, inclusion and wellbeing for students, families and staff within our community.