What is Pastoral Care?
Pastoral Care assists students to develop a capacity for independence, initiative and mature judgement. Pastoral Care places an emphasis on the development of the individual.
School-based pastoral care is the total climate of care which exists in a school. It reflects the broad Christian ethos of individuals caring for and respecting one another. It also includes a structure where teachers and other professionals are responsible for the emotional and spiritual well-being of individual children and where strong relationships are established between teachers, students and their families.
Pastoral Care at John Therry Catholic College
Each student should be treated with respect by staff members and other students. At John Therry we strive for a 'sense of the sacred' where dignity, belonging, connectedness and self-respect are the focus.
All staff at John Therry endeavour to create an atmosphere of care in a variety of ways, both formally and informally. Individualised care and understanding are provided for those students who are physically, emotionally or socially disadvantaged.
Each day at John Therry Catholic College begins with Learning Group. Here the student has the opportunity to begin the day well informed and well prepared. The Learning Group Mentor is the first contact person for students each day and have particular opportunities for providing care and corrective help. They monitor the emotional, social and learning needs of the students and act as student advocates throughout the year.
The Learning Group Mentors, together with the Pastoral and Wellbeing Coordinators, provide the pivotal link between home and school and form a conduit for the flow and dissemination of information regarding individual students.