Pastoral Care is the summation of the academic, social and religious dimensions of the College, giving expression to the relationships of faith, care and support which characterise its vision and practice. Pastoral Care is an expression of what we believe about the individual. What actually happens in the College follows from the belief that people are created in God’s image and likeness (Gen. 1:27), and that God’s love is freely given to all. While the Pastoral Care system operates formally through the House system it should not be seen as restricted to this program, but rather as integral to the mission of the Catholic School which aims to:
- engender well being, belonging and security
- affirm the dignity and worth of the individual
- assist in personal growth to full potential
- provide relationships of care and support
- encourage growth and expression of compassion, tolerance and reconciliation.
Pastoral Care in the College seeks to foster growth in students in co-operation with parents, families, community agencies and the Church. Everyone in the College is involved. Being a teacher automatically assumes involvement with the development of students; therefore Pastoral Care is integral to authentic teaching. All staff members are encouraged to be active in the provision of Pastoral Care to students and their families in the spirit of the College Vision Statement.
This policy aims to provide a framework within which the College community can maintain consistency of actions and decisions related to Pastoral Care and the implementation of related school policies.
More information is available in the Think Twice, Have Hope, Building Resilience Merici College Pastoral Care Program.