School-based pastoral care refers to the total care of the student. It is based upon a belief in the dignity of every person.
In a Catholic school, it is expressed through:
- the development of quality relationships
- the provision of satisfying learning experiences
- the establishment of an effective care network
- the provision of experiences and structures that provide for the integrated spiritual and human growth of students.
(From Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta - The Pastoral Care of Students in Catholic schools, November 1988.)
At Chisholm Catholic Primary School, the Pastoral Care and Student Welfare Policy promotes the ongoing development of Safe, Honest, Respectful Learners.
The Pastoral Care/Student Welfare Policy focuses on developing a community culture of:
- mutual respect
- ongoing positive support
- community inclusiveness and belonging
- engagement in learning
- Anti bullying
Our Pastoral Care and Student Welfare Policy is based upon principles which lead to Positive Behaviour Support for Learning.
Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L) is a broad range of whole school, group and individualised strategies for achieving significant social and learning outcomes, while minimising problem behaviours. It is positive, proactive and focuses upon developing solutions and success for all in the learning environment.
While it is a whole-school approach, it puts the individual at the centre and aims to enhance the relationships within the community of learners.
Positive Behaviour Support for Learning is underpinned by six key principles:
- A common purpose and approach to discipline
- A clear set of positive expectations and behaviours
- Procedures for teaching expected behaviour
- A continuum of procedures for encouraging expected behaviour
- A continuum of procedures for discouraging inappropriate behaviours
- Procedures for on-going monitoring and evaluation.