Pastoral Care

The Catholic school is a community that cares for all its members. Policies and programs reflect concern for every student, as a whole person, an individual, and a member of the school community. They show concern, especially, for students who are experiencing learning and other difficulties, for students at risk, and for those who are most vulnerable.


All Catholic schools have special structures that cater for the pastoral needs of students. These may vary from school to school, but, in substance, they are informed by the same beliefs, values, understandings and principles that stem from the Gospel: Love one another as I have loved you. John 13.

Leadership actions

School leaders actively and collaboratively promote and implement the schools' pastoral care policies and programs. For example they:

  • Encourage and support processes for identifying and analysing the special needs of students
  • Ensure that opportunities exist to extend the learning of gifted students
  • Mobilise colleagues to address the needs of students at risk
  • Share an up to date knowledge of mental health issues with colleagues
  • Ensure that the curriculum equips students with a knowledge of mental health and other factors that impinge on their health and welfare and that of their fellow students
  • Monitor and support the pastoral care structures of the school and act to ensure their continuing effectiveness and relevance
  • Encourage contact between teachers and parents to assist students with special needs
  • Support and encourage school staff who have specific care roles, such as student welfare teachers, in helping students with special needs.

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