At St Francis of Assisi, pastoral care and wellbeing form the basis of our Catholic learning community. We aim to develop the whole person – intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally – so that each person in the school community is nurtured to wholesome maturity within a caring and safe atmosphere.
Pastoral care at St Francis of Assisi is based on the ideals of a Christian community.
Pastoral care policies at our school are founded upon:
Student wellbeing is of the utmost importance at St Francis of Assisi. We are eager to ensure that all our students enjoy a healthy mind, body and spirit, and we integrate a number of programs to support this.
Counselling for children and their families is also available from CatholicCare. A school counsellor visits the school regularly for individual sessions as well as advising and supporting staff on appropriate programs for small groups and classes. Read more about the school counselling available to students.
If a staff member or parent feels that counselling may help a student, they need to discuss this with the principal who may discuss this with the counsellor and/or parent and arrange the appropriate permission forms and questionnaires to be completed by parents and staff.
Living as an authentically Catholic community, we strive to be welcoming, inclusive and compassionate to all. In addition to the wellbeing of students at St Francis of Assisi, the pastoral care and wellbeing of our parents and families is important to us and gives witness to our Catholic faith in action.
When families are in need of extra assistance, whether financial, emotional or otherwise, the school is here to provide support to families in a variety of ways while maintaining confidentiality and dignity.
Families are encouraged to speak with the principal or a member of the school leadership team if they feel they need support of any kind.