Pastoral care is based on a deep respect for the dignity and uniqueness of the individual person as we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
By providing a strong sense of wellbeing, belonging and security that affirms students in their dignity and worth, St Joseph’s School assists every student to achieve their full potential as a human person, physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Each Secondary class has a Pastoral Care Teacher. The class teacher in Primary has responsibility for pastoral care. The Pastoral Care Teachers and Primary Class Teachers, together with members of the School Leadership Team and external groups, deliver pastoral care programs which create a supportive school environment, promote health and wellbeing for all students and encourage commitment to the wider school community. In Secondary the students and Pastoral Care Teachers are supported directly by Head of Pastoral Care.
Student Welfare Committees
As well as the Pastoral Care Program, the school provides support to individual students through the Primary and Secondary Student Welfare Committees. The committees meet regularly to discuss issues affecting students and put in place the necessary support they may need to ensure their personal, social (wellbeing) and academic needs are met.
The Student Welfare Committees consists of the:
- Assistant Principal – Primary/Secondary
- Head of Pastoral Care (Secondary)
- Guidance Counsellor
- Learning Support Teacher.
The Guidance Counsellor, Mrs Cathy Mills, works with students and their parents and caregivers to assist students with their academic, behavioural, social and emotional growth. She also provides career advice as necessary. Importantly, she plays a key role in ensuring today's students become the productive, well-adjusted adults of tomorrow.