Pastoral Care

Pastoral care Policies

Rationale

Members of a Catholic school community will better realise their potential as human beings if they experience a sense of belonging and are supported by a network of pastoral care in the school.

Pastoral care is respectful of the dignity of every person. Pastoral care may be viewed as an attitude of respect, care and empathy, concerned with the promotion of the growth of each person. In a Catholic school we are mindful of Gospel Principles:

 

Pastoral care embraces these principles across the whole explicit and implicit curriculum.  Pastoral care is for staff, pupils and parents.

Pupils

As teachers we recognise that each child is an individual with particular and special needs. However, there are some needs that may be generalised for all pupils.

Needs

Religious and moral  - a sense of God and faith, understanding of Gospel values, acceptance of differences in race, religion and ability.

Intellectual - skills in communication, reading, computation; critical thinking and problem solving; stimulation of curiosity.

Physical - clothing, shelter and safety; appropriate physical activity; rest, sleep and leisure; food, comfort; absence from pain.

Social - participation in activity with others; acceptance, belonging.

Emotional - a sense of security and recognition; a feeling of self worth and success; fun and enjoyment; love, affection; self esteem and confidence

Aesthetic - self expression through creativity and development of skills needed to appreciate and differentiate.

 

As teachers we should be aware of these needs and, through our actions and our interactions, do everything possible to see that these are satisfied. Before school commences for the day a suitable physical environment should be established.

For example, ensure that -

 

Safety and Supervision of Children

REASONABLE CARE

It is every teacher's duty to display 'reasonable care' for all children in their control whether it is a class of children or half of the school while on playground duty.

'Reasonable Care' carries a legal responsibility and requires proof that all children are being supervised at all times. Teachers at St Anthony's show 'reasonable care' by:

 

School Rules

School Rules:

1. Be fair, be kind, be safe.

2. Respect others.

3. Respect property.

Playground Rules:

1. Play sensibly, play safely, play fairly.

2. Play within boundaries.

3. Answer the bell immediately.

4. ALL litter in the bin.

5. WALK on the walkway.

6. No hat, no play (All year round).

7. Canteen manners should be PERFECT.

 

SELF ESTEEM FOR TEACHERS AND CHILDREN

Self Esteem refers to the sense of: self-respect,confidence, identity, and purpose found in an individual.

Reasoner says that to have a positive self esteem we need to have:

 

To have a sense of identity or self-concept we need to:

 

To have a sense of belonging we need to:

 

To have a sense of purpose we need to:

 

To have a sense of personal competence we need to:

 

What Are You Going to Do About Your Self Esteem?

 

Set yourself realistic goals.

 

How Can We Help Children to Improve Their Self Esteem?