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Pastoral Care is central to the mission and philosophy of Freeman . While the school exists to prepare students academically, it is also seen that the school has a vital role to play in the wholistic development of young people especially in their social, emotional and spiritual development.
At the heart of the pastoral care of students at Freeman is the fostering of a school climate where there is:
- respect for the dignity of each person
- the creation of a caring, safe and secure environment
- the development of quality relationships
- support for the growth of the individual
- the existence of an effective care network
- good discipline
- quality teaching and learning
- high expectations of students
Pastoral care is also an expression of the ethos of Freeman in the way that the school especially endorses the gospel values of justice, love, reconciliation, respect and hope in caring for each person. In this way Freeman promotes the need for all people to live these values in their dealings with others.
Pastoral Care is therefore a comprehensive concept that embraces the whole life of the school. In co-operation with students, parents, church and community groups, the school seeks to be a partner in nurturing the growth and realising the potential of each person.
This policy identifies and expresses a common vision about the pastoral care of students. It seeks to:
- Provide a framework within which the school community can maintain consistency of decisions and actions related to pastoral care.
- Enhance stability and continuity of pastoral care initiatives.
- Provide a clear basis for the development and implementation of related school policies, such as the College’s discipline policy and policies related to student’s with special needs.
- Reflect diocesan requirements and State and Commonwealth legislation in relation to the education and welfare needs of students.
The underlying principles that guide and shape the policies and approaches to pastoral care at Freeman are:
- Pastoral care is the responsibility of all members of the school community including staff, students, parents and other family members.
- Pastoral care is integral to all teaching and learning in the daily interaction that occurs between staff and students.
- Each junior Pastoral (home room) Class will have two teachers attached to it so as to enable a better care structure within each class.
- Professional development of staff is essential to assist and support staff in pastoral care.
- The staff set the tone and climate of pastoral care by their example.
- There is an awareness of students with special needs and talents.
- A pastoral program exists at each Year level to assist the growth and development of each student.
- Pastoral care is reciprocal. It is not just the movement from teacher to student and parent but student to student , parent to teacher , student to teacher.
- A school Centacare counsellor (.4 FTE) is available to provide personal counselling for students and staff.
- A network link exists with other Church and community support groups where specialist counselling is required.
- The confidentiality of student and family information is to be respected at all times.
- Students with special needs are to be always considered whether they be: suffering from disability, ill health, abuse or neglect, of non-English speaking background, of aboriginal or native heritage, from dysfunctional families, gifted students.
- Teachers will show interest and concern for their students in the quality of teaching and care that they display both within and outside the classroom.
- Designating one lesson per cycle for a pastoral care lesson and another lesson for a whole form gathering.