Pastoral care at St Jerome’s is based on the love of Christ for each individual and the school community as a whole. We strive to create a holistic approach centering on the human person as made in the image and likeness of God.
Pastoral care is embedded in our daily relationships in the way we interact with each other and recognise each person’s sense of well-being, identity and self-worth. Every person in the school community has a responsibility to foster quality interpersonal relationships. This includes teachers, students, parents, support staff, priests and the parish community.
All members of staff play an important role in modelling the importance of building and maintaining relationships, grounded in mutual respect, dignity, fairness, reconciliation, restorative justice and compassion, whilst providing opportunities to nurture individual growth.
At St Jerome’s we acknowledge that every child has the right to learn and play safely, to be respected and respect others. Positive incentives and consequences are managed by staff to support this right. This approach endeavours to foster self discipline within each child and develop responsible decision making.
“All members may be concerned for one another. If one member suffers, all members suffer: if one member is honoured, all members share this joy. You then are the body of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-27)
The Australian government has developed these resources to empower parents and schools to protect children and prepare them to be resilient, responsible and respectful adults.
The Student Wellbeing Hub
www.studentwellbeinghub.edu.au- this site provides support for students , parents and teachers to create a learning environment that promotes student wellbeing and the development of respectful relationships.
The ESafety site
www.esafety.gov.au this site promotes online safety including tackling image –based abuse and a complaints service for young Australians who experience serious cyberbullying.