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What is pastoral care?

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 23, 2019, 6:00:00 AM

What is pastoral care?Pastoral care is defined as “the provisions made to advise students about personal wellbeing and their moral and ethical concerns.” At Trinity, this means that your son will be known, cared for and guided to grow in mind, body and spirit. Our pastoral care system is central to everything we do. When we consider the question, ‘What is pastoral care?’, it’s helpful to look at how schools care for their students.

Here's how Trinity Grammar School’s pastoral care programme supports the needs of boys:

1. Facilitates a sense of belonging
A key discovery from our research about boys, highlights the need for boys to feel a sense of belonging to their school environment. Not only does this help prevent risky behaviour as boys grow older, recent research indicates that it also has a positive effect on student performance.

Meeting the social and emotional needs of students is a priority at Trinity. At the beginning of each school day, all students gather together, and are recognised and encouraged by their Peer Support leaders, Housemasters and Tutors. Our Pastoral Care Network also offers co-curricular activities to provide our students with opportunities to pursue their areas of passion beyond the classroom. This means your son will be guided and mentored by key staff who are fully committed to helping him progress in his academics, spiritual journey and personal wellbeing.

When looking for a school for your son, consider what the school offers to help your son find his place within the school environment, including learning more about the variety of co-curricular activities that will help your son to play to his strengths.

2. Positive student-teacher relationships
There is great value in the student-teacher relationship, as it plays a significant role in ensuring that your son has every opportunity to succeed and can find meaning and purpose in his education. In the Preparatory and Junior Schools, boys receive direct pastoral care from their class teacher, who seeks to understand as much as he or she can about each boy and serve as his advisor. Teachers mentor our students and provide correction and guidance when behavioural expectations are not met. In the Middle and Senior Schools, Houses and Housemasters are established to help care for students. Each boy also has his own tutor to support his academic and personal progress. By developing strong student-teacher relationships and having teachers who understand boys’ abilities, hopes and fears, your son will be understood, encouraged and inspired in a way that is unique to Trinity Grammar School.

As a parent, if you are concerned about your son’s wellbeing, we encourage you to have a conversation with your son’s teacher or Housemaster. They will be the first point of contact when it comes to concerns about your son’s welfare. It may also be useful to learn how you can best talk to your son about his wellbeing. Though asking about academic performance at parent teacher interviews is important, remember to also ask about your son’s social life, co-curricular involvement, emotional development and spiritual maturity as well.

3. Access to professional counselling
When it comes to providing quality pastoral care, Trinity students have access to qualified professionals, consisting of school counsellors, a careers adviser, the School Chaplaincy, as well as Trinity Education Support Services (TESS), which includes Registered Psychologists, specialist teachers who are experienced with learning support and extension, ESL teachers, and a range of other staff who provide a wide range of interventions for boys with different needs.

When looking for a school, it is essential that you look for one that truly understands and knows boys. Ask about their school philosophy and the services they offer that ensure your son’s needs can be met.

At Trinity, your son will be guided to:

  • value his self-worth and that of others;
  • develop emotional intelligence, resilience and self-discipline;
  • respect the principles of rights and responsibilities; and
  • become a responsible, contributing member of society.

Trinity’s Pastoral Care guidelines focus on the fundamentals of good parenting – providing both care and discipline – enabling boys to grow into self-confident, trustworthy and resilient young men. Combined with an ongoing partnership between the School and home, your son will thrive in a consistent, caring and nurturing environment.

Our Life Skills Programme is part of a School approach to health and wellbeing that enhances our boys’ capacity to be emotionally resilient and socially competent. Discover more by downloading our Life Skills guides.

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Topics: Trinity difference, Raising boys, Support programs, Pastoral care, Co-curricular activities, Religious education, Mental health