Pastoral Care

At St Joseph’s we care for all in our school community.


Our pastoral care policies and practices are integrated in everything we do to ensure that we are meeting the personal, social and academic needs of all students and staff.



Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L)

At St Joseph’s we pledge to be safe, be respectful and be learners. As a school community we live out these key principles and embed them in everything we do on the playground and in the classroom. We are explicitly taught how to be safe, respectful and to be a learner. We are taught how to support each other in achieving these goals.

Students earn Joey tokens when they are showing they are safe, respectful learners. These contribute to their class receiving rewards.


Peer Support

Each fortnight students will gather in peer support groups. They will be lead by Year 6 students who will support them to learn about PBS4L. These activities will:

  • Empower each student to support each other and contribute positively to the school community
  • Develop students’ understanding of what it means to be safe, respectful and a learner
  • Build a sense of school community
  • Develop in each student the skills needed to be resilient, positive problem solvers
  • Give students the language and skills to assert themselves and deal with conflict situations.

School Counsellor

The School Counsellor at St Joseph’s plays a key role in all areas of school life. She works with:

  • Staff to ensure that the ideals of our pastoral care policy is being implemented effectively
  • Class groups requiring additional support to be safe, respectful learners
  • Individual students who require explicit support
  • Parents though education programs such as 1,2,3 Magic.

Awards

At assembly each fortnight, students are recognised for their achievements with Merit Awards. Twice a term Joey’s awards are presented to students who are safe, respectful learners. Each classroom has a positive reward system which also recognises students who are displaying safe, respectful and learner behaviours.


Kindergarten and Year 6 buddies

To assist with the transition period for Kindergarten children, each child is assigned a Year 6 buddy during their Orientation to school. The Year 6 buddies read stories and complete craft activities during Buddy Time and are also a point of contact and support for the Kinder children in the playground. The buddy system is a positive model in that it allows the Year 6 children to assume responsibility for a younger child, while at the same time giving the Kinder child an older role model.


Quiet Play

This is run during Lunch 2 for students who are finding it difficult coping with the demands of the playground. A teacher works with the student and their friend to develop skills to support them in all areas of the school.


K-6 Buddies

To assist with the transition period for Kindergarten children, each child is assigned a Year 6 buddy. The Year 6 buddies read stories and complete craft activities during Buddy Time and are also a point of contact and support for the Kinder children in the playground. The buddy system is a positive model in that it allows the Year 6 children to assume responsibility for a younger child, while at the same time giving the Kinder child an older role model.


Year 6 Leadership

Four Year 6 students are elected by teachers and students to lead the students of St Joseph’s. These students run School Assemblies where they present social skills, PBS4L information, Attendance winners and other duties as required. They are responsible for meeting and greeting official visitors to our school. Their opinions are sought about certain issues, and suggested initiatives are encouraged. At times, they are called upon to represent the school at other venues or events. These students support the other Year 6 school leaders in running interest groups which support collaboration and develop school spirit and community.


Financial Relief

At St Joseph’s we provide:

  • fee relief where financial hardship is established
  • payment plans for families in financial difficulties.


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