We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.
Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.
St John Bosco College prides itself on its pastoral care. We provide a vertical system for pastoral and roll classes where a mixture of Year 7 through to 12 students meet each morning.
There are various activities that take place within the pastoral class promoting links to their House and providing a family atmosphere.
We have two college counsellors who provide support for students, staff and families of the college.
Aims of Pastoral Care
- To meet each student at his/her point of need.
- To nurture an environment where each student ‘s full education, spiritual, physical and social potential might be realised.
- To provide structures and opportunities which encourage students to realise their potential.
- To encourage positive attitudes and behaviours whilst managing unacceptable behaviour by providing clearly defined consequences and encouragement for students to modify poor behaviour patterns.
- To provide an environment which promotes a sense of belonging.
- To encourage communication based on mutual trust between students, teachers, parents, ancillary staff and the wider community.
- To foster a sense of “hope and joy” in students – “who will be able to leave school with inspiration from the incarnated Christ they have heard talked about and actually met in the persons of the school community.”
Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.
If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.
- Kids Helpline
- Student Wellbeing Hub – Department of Education
- Anti Bullying – Department of Education
- Be You
- Parent Line NSW
- Family and Community Services Helpline: 133 627
- NSW Health: (02) 9391 9000