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7. Pastoral Care and Wellbeing

Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy

Rationale

St John’s College Woodlawn is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and respectful environment for all students and staff and members of the Woodlawn community. This document seeks to inform students and parent/caregivers of the expectations of students’ behaviour and the consequences of any breach of the Students’ Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

The College considers the Gospels as the foundation for the schools participation in the Church’s mission.  The College’s Welfare and Discipline Policy operates within the framework of Restorative Justice to build positive and respectful relationships for all members of the school community. A significant part of restorative justice is to see how relationships are built and restored when the person takes responsibility for their behaviour. This approach also offers the student a means to correct unacceptable behaviour, to make some positive changes and to accept the consequences of their actions.

Scope

This document applies to all students of St John’s College Woodlawn. The staff are responsible for the welfare and discipline at the College. The staff of Woodlawn aim to develop self-discipline in all students whereby they learn to take responsibility for their behaviour and accept that their behaviour affects others. Students are expected to uphold the Student Charter of Rights and Responsibilities.

For parent/caregivers this document will help outline how the College aims to support and guide students to fulfil their potential.  The importance of open and regular communication between students, parent/caregivers and staff is essential for the benefits of our welfare and discipline policy to work effectively.

Principles and Responsibilities

Every student and staff member has the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe and supported at the College.

To assist in developing students to take responsibility for their actions and to build respectful relationships with staff and other students we have a Reward and Award system and Discipline Level system to monitor and track student achievements and behaviour.

All students and staff members are encouraged to report student behaviour that is of concern; disruptive of the learning of others; threatening, dangerous or demonstrates a disrespectful attitude to self and or others. All matters raised with the Welfare team will be addressed in a confidential manner as soon as possible. The Welfare team works closely with parent/caregivers to ensure that the student’s welfare and matters relating to discipline are dealt with sensitively and justly. When it is deemed necessary, the Welfare team may request a student be referred to relevant health care professionals and support agencies. The parent/caregivers are essential partners in a team approach to the management of a student’s health or behaviour.

Student Wellbeing

The school is interested in students’ health and well-being and employs a student counsellor.  The confidential student support services are distinct from the disciplinary processes in the school. The Counsellor works with students one-to-one in the support role, and sometimes in small group format. The school counsellor may also form part of a team approach to the management of a students’ health, wellbeing or behaviour.

The student counsellor can assist in a wide range of situations: family difficulties, study problems, goal setting. As part of the Welfare Team the counsellor can provide access to a wide range of resources and contacts. On some occasions a referral to external services may be made.

Students can arrange to make their own appointment to see the school counsellor via email or speaking to their Welfare Coordinator. Staff and parent/caregivers may also recommend that a student see the counsellor.

The school counsellor can be contacted on 66262621.

Reporting

Reporting to Police – Section 316 of the NSW Crimes Act requires that Serious Indictable Offences will be reported to Police.

Parent/caregivers and students are advised that it may not be possible for all matters raised in conversations between students, parent/caregivers and staff to be kept confidential.  This is particularly the case of criminal conduct, or when a matter requiring mandatory reporting is disclosed.

Corporal Punishment

Staff at St John’s College are prohibited from using corporal punishment as a means of punishment or correction of students.

Corporal punishment is defined as the application of force in order to punish or correct a student but does not include the application of force taken to prevent personal injury to, or damage to or the destruction of property of, any person, including the student.