As a Catholic school, All Saints' College shares in the mission of the Catholic Church. Christ’s commandment “to love one another as I have loved you” is the basis of all faith communities. Pastoral care gathers all the qualities and practices within a community that seek to make this commandment real.
All Saints' College endeavours to equip students with the skills to respond to the numerous and complex challenges confronting young people and society in an ever-changing world. The school community (staff, parents and students) seeks to provide students with every opportunity to develop themselves physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Where a need for specific assistance is identified, All Saints' College offers the services of a Pastoral Care Worker, School Counsellor and Wellbeing and Academic Care Coordinators. Specific programs can be arranged including Seasons for Growth, boys and relationships, girls and relationships, mentoring, bullying, organisational skills and anger management. All Saints' College also have a Wellbeing Team for each campus.
The Pastoral Care Model adopted at St Peter’s Campus is based on Positive Behaviour Support. The program teaches proactive skills of respect for self, others and the environment. Furthermore, this focus nurtures “Habits of the Mind” that help students develop into well-balanced members of society. These habits of the mind are classified into four foundations: getting along; organisation; persistence and confidence; all of which are underpinned by a fifth foundation, emotional resilience.
Restorative Practices focus on accountability and repairing of harm rather than retribution and punishment. This means that we seek to help students learn from their mistakes, reconcile and resolve problems with others. These practices include a range of strategies and procedures that aim to promote acknowledgement and acceptance of established standards of behaviour within the school community.
Restorative Practices are embedded within a whole-school approach to managing behaviour that upholds the centrality of positive relationships and respectful communication between all school community members. Logical consequences where practical are used to address inappropriate behaviour. Logical consequences are Related: consequence is clearly connected to the student’s behaviour and its function, Respectful: given respectfully with consideration to the impact it may have on other parties and Reasonable: providing consequences that are appropriate for the behaviour.
As the senior stage of a Catholic College rich in the Dominican tradition and with close ties to the Marist tradition, All Saints' College, St Mary’s Campus, is guided by fundamental principles that seek to respect and nurture all the students within its care.
All aspects of the school culture, in addition to the teaching and learning, are inspired by the four cornerstones: the correct wearing of the uniform; punctuality and attendance on all four days; working to capacity and showing respect for all. These cornerstones are a visible dimension of the atmosphere fostered at St Mary’s in that they govern the manner in which all members of the school community interact with each other.
The school views its students as young adults who desire a formal education to ready them for tertiary education or employment but who also desire increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy. The staff of St Mary’s is in the unique position of enjoying a collaborative relationship with the students that thrives on a shared vision and mutual respect. Each and every individual should be encouraged to reach their full potential in all facets of the human person. This includes the spiritual, academic, physical, emotional, psychological and social aspects of each student.
Our aim is to ensure St Mary’s Campus is a safe environment for each and every member of the community. The school aims to teach and foster respect for self, for others and for property and also provide a learning environment that is safe, affirming and conducive to the development of responsible and caring individuals. Within this framework, the Pastoral Care procedures provide clear parameters within which students and staff operate.