As a Catholic school, the Pastoral Care for all members of our community is a priority at St Paul’s. We do not believe that we can adequately ‘teach’ the student unless we know each student personally, what motivates him and the important aspects of his life.Pastoral Care is a core value at the College and we are committed to ensuring that each boy feels valued and welcome.
When starting at St Paul’s every boy is assigned to a Pastoral Care (PC) teacher with a Pastoral Care group of around 20 students. The PC teacher is also the primary contact for both students and parents should any issues arise. The PC teacher will oversee the student’s holistic development as well as monitoring attendance, academic progress, spiritual development, co-curricular involvement and general growth and development as a teenage boy. The PC teacher meets with the boys each morning for twenty minutes to mark the roll, attend to daily administration and lead the boys in discussion around issues pertinent to the group’s concerns and needs. It is this knowledge of each boy that contributes to an overall sense of belonging and sense of community. The Pastoral Care program is designed to ensure that every boy has at the very least one teacher to whom he can turn should the need arise.
An important component of Pastoral Care at St Paul’s is the personal development program. This program encompasses camps, retreats, Stage 4, 5 and 6 seminars based on relevant and pertinent issues for each stage of development. Examples include bullying, healthy masculinity, leadership development and relationships.
Bullying is an issue at all schools in Australia and indeed the world. St Paul’s does not tolerate bullying in any form and looks to be proactive by constantly educating our students about bullying. To fulfil our mission to ensure justice and equity for all students the school has a basic list of expectations and a Student Welfare Policy based on a level system.
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A Leader of Student Wellbeing is appointed as a key figure, responsible for day to day Pastoral Care and for the supervision of academic progress, personal development, discipline and general welfare of a year group. There are Leaders of Student Wellbeing for each year group from 7 to 12. The Leader of Student Wellbeing holds year group assemblies each week and meets with the Pastoral Care teachers regularly to ensure student welfare issues are communicated. Each of these Leaders work closely with the College Counsellors and the Director of Student Wellbeing. These strong connections help to provide a safety net for students in difficult times. This continuity of care also acts as a protective factor against the sense of alienation that can develop in boys in school communities. With the same underlying value, students will remain under the care of the same Leader of Student Wellbeing for at least two years, (subject to staff availability).
The day to day running of the College is overseen by the Assistant Principal whose special interest is the welfare of all students. The Assistant Principal coordinates the Pastoral Care policy with the Director of Student Wellbeing to ensure consistency of student management and flexibility to meet individual needs. At the heart of our Pastoral Care policy is the belief that each individual is unique and made in the image of God. Our discipline, counselling and anti-bullying programs extend from and reinforce this belief.
The College has Counsellors that are available to meet with students during school hours. Located in the Cardinal’s Palace, our counselling services provide help to students who feel that they may be struggling with aspects of their schooling or personal lives or just need added support; no matter is too small.
Counsellors can be contacted by telephoning the College Office on 02 9957 5000.