Caritas College is committed to a wholistic education where student learning and wellbeing are integral to the school vision. The dignity and worth of each person is valued and it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that behaviours at school enable students to learn and teachers to teach. Respectful behaviours of self, others, the environment and property are expected and are based on Gospel values of forgiveness, justice and compassion.
Caritas College uses a balanced approach to behaviour education. A proactive, educative approach is promoted. This balanced approach to behaviour education therefore requires educative, pastoral, legal and disciplinary responses to individual behaviours and circumstances.
The Caritas College Behaviour Education Policy supports our school motto ‘In All Things Love,’ reflecting our efforts to assure the right of every member to a safe environment and the responsibility of every person to promote safe practices.
At Caritas College, an integral part of the curriculum is the explicit Pastoral Care program developed and implemented by teachers from Reception to Year 12 and delivered as timetabled lessons each week.
The program covers a range of age appropriate topics based on developmental and social needs. Pastoral Care lessons also provide opportunities for inter-class activities, class meetings and guest speakers.
Pastoral Care works alongside the wellbeing support structures that are in place and includes principles and practices from the field of Positive Education.
Positive Education in our Catholic context complements and draws motivation from Gospel values; it provides a new language for an enduring belief and therefore is congruent with the vision and mission of Caritas College. The key for a life of purpose in the Catholic tradition is for each person to develop and discern their God-given gifts and talents to their fullest, to use in the service of God, working to make the world a better place.
Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle. It also aims to foster engagement amongst students, encourage them to achieve and, ultimately, equip them with the qualities to enable them to fulfil their life purposes.
Over the course of the year the Keeping Safe; Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is taught to all year levels, Reception to Year 12, providing students with the knowledge and skills across four focus areas: The right to be safe, Relationships, Recognising and reporting abuse and Protective strategies. This is another important element in ensuring the ongoing wellbeing for our students.
Students are encouraged to develop, nurture and foster their leadership skills through service in the class, school and town community. There are a number of initiatives which invite students to develop their skills: