Our school is committed to the pastoral care of all students in the school. We endeavour to support and encourage pastoral awareness within our school and encourage the involvement of parents in school life. Pastoral Care integrates the academic, social, personal and religious dimensions of the school’s educational endeavors. Pastoral Care helps to provide an orderly atmosphere and firm framework which will allow the students to get maximum benefit from their schooling and prepare them realistically for life as adults. It is the caring response of the members of the school community towards each other.
It seeks to:
– help pupils with decision making
– prepare them for educational choices
– enhance their personal lives.
– encourage respect for person and property
– support the- subject teacher.
Special responsibility in relation to pastoral care is given to the pastoral care team. This team includes:
- Deputy Principal
- Class Tutors
- Year Heads
- Guidance Counsellor
- Special Education Coordinator
- School Chaplin
We plan for this caring approach by assigning a class teacher to each class group and a year tutor to each year group.
A class tutor is appointed to every class. The tutor is a teacher who voluntarily takes on the task of the special care of a class group. The role of class tutor involves monitoring the progress of each student in every area of school life.
It incorporates monitoring students’ school journal to ensure that parents have been made aware of all written communications from teachers to parents and also disciplining students in relation to inappropriate behaviour, punctuality and indiscipline in the classroom.
The class tutor plays a key role in observing those students who are vulnerable or in difficulty. The class tutor also offers support and encouragement to students to ensure they benefit fully from the curricular and extracurricular activities on offer in the school.
Within the pastoral care programme, the importance of developing good communication links with the home and community are recognised. These links are developed through open nights, induction day for 1st year students, organising of activity days, school tours and school talks, parent teacher meetings and school services/masses.