Pastoral Care

Our College’s guiding principles and the vision statement of our system of schools, highlight the need to provide a safe and supportive environment for students. As Lasallians and as part of a system of schools that proudly declares a special consideration for each individual and the development of the whole person, we are bound to provide for this.

Philosophy

Our College’s guiding principles and the vision statement of our system of schools highlight the need to provide a safe and supportive environment for students. As Lasallians and as part of a system of schools that proudly declares a special consideration for each individual and the development of the whole person, we are bound to provide for this.

Our pastoral care policy provides a tangible link between contemporary society and the messages of the Gospel. It encourages the development of Christian values and, in doing so, adds to the personal and moral development of our students.

The College Pastoral Care Policy aims to:

  • Support the shared responsibility of all members of the community in the care for all
  • Develop a sense of judgement, moral and social responsibility, and self-discipline
  • Encourage the involvement of students and parents
  • Motivate personal achievement, dignity, self esteem, and happiness of individuals.
  • Create a sense of belonging, of pride, and an environment of justice
  • Foster an atmosphere of reconciliation of relationships through restorative practices
  • Create a solution-based (proactive) rather than problem-based (reactive) ethos

Guidelines

Pastoral care at De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah is organised through:

  • A structured program of positive reinforcement with rewards, recognition, and esteem-building.
  • A management system that supports self-development and avoids belittling students
  • A support network of pastoral teacher, year coordinator, counsellor and executive.
  • Orientation programmes for new staff, new students, and parents.
  • The involvement of local clergy.
  • Student participation in SRC, organised activities, community service, and charity.
  • Regular pastoral assemblies and year meetings.
  • Parental involvement through Parents Auxiliary Group, working bees, social events, information evenings, newsletters, canteen, interim reports, school functions and parent / teacher nights.
  • The professional development of staff including training in restorative practices.
  • The spiritual development of staff, students and parents.
  • The ongoing review of all aspects of student care built into our strategic development plans.

Strategies

  • Regular year coordinators’ meetings to agenda student issues chaired by the assistant principal.
  • Raising of significant student issues, both positive and negative, at full staff meetings.
  • Public recognition of student achievements in assemblies, newsletters and yearbook.
  • Recording of misdemeanours (demerits) & good effort (merits)  in students’ homework dairies , with regular checks by pastoral care teachers and year coordinators.
  • Regular updating of student diaries to improve their usefulness and effectiveness.
  • Discretionary involvement of outside agencies;
    • The ‘Star Team’ for “at-risk” students.
    • Specialist facilitator for conferencing of difficult student behaviours.