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Pastoral Care

 

Pastoral Care and Welfare Policy 

Introduction

This document is a statement of the aims, principles and strategies for the pastoral care and welfare of all children at Vita et Pax Preparatory School, at the heart of which is ‘Every Child Matters’. 

Rationale

Pastoral care is the underpinning in the wider framework that pupils and all staff work within and to be effective, procedures must be used consistently. Caring for pupils is the responsibility of all members of staff although the class teacher is the key figure and ‘parent substitute’. He/she works as part of a team to provide advice and support for each other. 

Aim

  • To provide a safe and caring environment in which children feel secure and valued
  • To encourage children to realise their full potential, personally, socially and academically.
  • To develop children’s understanding of right from wrong.
  • To develop children’s ability to understand and appreciate differences

 Objectives

  • To recognise progress for all, regardless of race, religion, colour or creed.
  • To acknowledge each child’s achievements in a positive way.
  • To emphasise the positive aspects of each child.
  • To give individual and personal guidance to pupils to help develop moral values.
  • To be aware of any change in personal circumstances (eg: address, telephone number, family matters).
  • To ensure that confidential items/records are sensitively dealt with.
  • To be aware of any changes in a child’s usual pattern of behaviour.
  • To monitor any unusual circumstances/incidents that may become reportable under the Child Protection Policy and to record appropriately any reports or suspicions.
  • to develop personal responsibility for safety in a variety of situations
  • to appreciate and feel comfortable with living in a multi-cultural country
  • To reinforce school rules regarding code of conduct, manners, correct uniform, equal opportunities, anti-bullying, health education, first aid and road safety etc..

PASTORAL CARE GENERAL GUIDELINES

Based on the Church’s teachings

 

The school aims to form and develop moral conscience within the context of the Church’s teaching.

This demands that our school community values will include:

  • telling the truth
  • respecting the rights and property of others
  • acting considerately towards others
  • helping those less fortunate and weaker than ourselves
  • taking personal responsibility for one’s own actions
  • self-discipline at all times

We state that our school values reject totally, the following kinds of behaviour:

  • bullying
  • cheating
  • deceit
  • cruelty
  • irresponsibility
  • dishonesty 

‘Every Child Matters’

The Children’s Act ensures that all organisations involved with providing services to children, team up, sharing information and working together, to protect children and young people from harm and help them achieve.

From the Early Years and throughout the school, we encourage the development of self-regulation to equip our children to cope with the ups and downs of life and to feel part of our caring, sharing school community.

All classes attend an assembly at the start of each new term to reinforce the rules and procedures regarding anti-bullying and keeping safe etc. The School Council consists of representatives from each Junior class and meets every two weeks. They are able to bring particular class issues to meetings and are most helpful in providing a different perspective when helping to problem solve.

 

Everyone has an entitlement to a positive self-image and possess a sense of belonging to the Vita et Pax school community and we work hard to achieve this.