Loreto College - Coleraine, Co. Derry, Northern Ireland
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Pastoral Care

INTRODUCTION
Rationale
Pastoral Care in Loreto College is an expression of the philosophy and vision of the school: -
“Education for Wholeness and Dignity”

Definition
The College’s pastoral programme strives to provide a secure environment in which to foster the spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of our young people.

Aims
In view of the changing messages and influences from society, and the need to maximise learning, the College aims to:
• provide an environment in which students may experience and develop their Catholic faith
• establish an environment of respect for the dignity of each person in the school
• develop policies and practices that promote wholeness, dignity, growth and self esteem
• ensure the fullest development of the unique gifts and qualities of all students
• increase awareness of the home and local environment in which the students’ broader education takes place
• identify the school support systems needed for the development of students in terms of wholeness and dignity and/or to deal with problems and difficulties
• effectively liaise with external agencies in order to support students in any needful situation
• encourage communication, participation and collaboration between home and school

SPECIFIC ISSUES
The Ethos of the College embraces the five core values;

Freedom
Refer all things in your life to God; you will find inner peace and the freedom to respond creatively to the needs of others.

Justice
Be in right relationships with all created things; you will live in integrity and wholeness.

Sincerity
Be such as you appear and appear such as you are.

Truth
Seek for truth, reflect critically and seek answers to crucial questions.

Joy
Have an attitude of mind and disposition of heart that opens you to life; be optimistic, hopeful, courageous, open, welcoming, good humoured and self-accepting.
The College strives to make the school community a centre where these values are lived each day.

The college recognises that good relationships are essential to our ethos, and that the promotion of self-esteem is crucial to the development of the whole person.

The values that we promote seek to develop young adults who are sincere, free and caring, discerning people.

We seek to protect our pupils by raising their awareness of the risks of possible abuse, helping them to recognise unwelcome behaviour in others, and acquire the confidence and skills they need to keep themselves safe.

IMPLEMENTATION
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Board of Governors are committed to ensuring that Pastoral Care and the associated Pastoral Programme occupy a central place in the life of the College.  This is wholly consistent with the aims of the College and the educational philosophy of the Loreto Order.

The Board of Governors support the Principal in the appointment of staff, the provision of resources and teacher access to in-service training.

The Principal and Senior Management Team provide support and advice on a day to day basis on the implementation of this policy.  In consultation with the Pastoral Care Co-ordinator and other members of the pastoral team they also monitor, evaluate and review the policy and its workings.
Senior Management strongly emphasise that all teachers and staff have a vital and integral pastoral role to play within the College.

The role of the Pastoral Care Co-ordinator is to provide a pastoral care programme that is relevant, provides progression and takes cognisance of the most recent literature and educational developments.  In implementing the programme he/she consults regularly with Form Teachers and Year Heads to make informed decisions relating to continually updating the programme.

Heads of Year seek to know each member of their year group and monitor and encourage their development as they progress from Yr8 to Yr14.  The Head of Year works closely with Form Teachers, Senior Staff and parents to provide for the pastoral welfare of all students in his or her care.

It is the aim of the Form Teacher to develop a rapport with each member of the form class through regular interviews, the form period and liaison with the class teacher.  Formal teaching of Pastoral Care occurs weekly in Yr8 to Yr10 and fortnightly in Yr11 and Yr12 Form Periods.  Each student is interviewed once a term by his or her Form Teacher.

All staff. teaching and non-teaching, through positive attitude and approach have a responsibility for the pastoral care of the students they encounter.

TRAINING
As a learning-for-all school the College is committed to promoting and facilitating relevant training for both the professional and personal development of staff enabling them to carry out their duties and responsibilities more effectively.

MONITORING AND EVALUATION
Monitoring and evaluation occurs throughout the year at regular meetings involving Form Teachers, Heads of Year, Vice Principals and the Principal.

Feedback from teachers and pupils is sought through dialogue and questionnaire survey relating to a variety of topics within the programme.

Monitoring and evaluation also involves close scrutiny of the literature/materials produced by external agencies such as CCEA and HMI.

Related Policies:
Child Protection Policy
Relationship and Sexuality Education
Anti-Bullying Policy
Acceptable use of Internet Policy
Religious Education Policy