Pastoral Care refers to all actions within our school to promote and enhance physical, social, emotional, psychological, intellectual and spiritual wellness. Schools are uniquely placed to foster student attributes that will enable them to achieve their full potential, and we understand the importance of working closely and collaboratively with families to promote positive student wellbeing.
At St Augustine's, the dignity and wellbeing of each student are at the centre of our school policies, decisions, curriculum, structures, and practices that place emphasis on students feeling cared for, valued and respected.
We recognise the importance of the reciprocal and interconnected relationship between well-being and learning. ‘Wellbeing positively influences student learning outcomes, and success in learning enhances student wellbeing’ (Australian Student Wellbeing Framework).
All students are accompanied in their journey to freely choose the ‘fullness of life’ (John 10:10).
PASTORAL CARE TEAM
Naomi Loader - AP Mission
Kyanne Kachel - Leader of Inclusion
Shane Podesta - Pastoral Care Support Teacher
Anne-Louise Borchart - School Psychologist
Alira Bayndrian - Clinical Psychologist
Please see the referral process below if you have any concerns about your child’s learning or wellbeing - the best place to start a conversation is with your child’s teacher.
ST AUGUSTINE'S KEY
St Augustine's Key is our whole-school positive behaviour framework. Central to the framework is a matrix co-designed by our staff and students to show and teach what the values look like in all the different contexts of the school. The matrix identifies four main values for all members of our school community to strive towards living out.
At St Augustine’s, we have two part-time psychologists who work closely with students, staff and families on a needs basis. They form part of the Pastoral Care Team, who oversees the Pastoral care and well-being of students.
We are fortunate to have a School Chaplain at St Augustine’s. The School Chaplain supports the well-being of students and the school community through the provision of pastoral care services and strategies/programs such as the ‘Seasons for Growth’ Program. The School Chaplain works closely with the Pastoral Care Team who oversee the pastoral care and wellbeing of students.
KINDER BUDDY PROGRAM
One of the highlights of Year 6 is the opportunity to be part of the Kinder Buddy program. Students from Year 6 are buddied up with a Kinder student and spend the year in a mentor role where they are an added support to the Kinder student as they make the transition to ‘big school’.