A copy of the 2017 Pastoral Care Booklet is available here.
Pastoral Care at St Edmund's College is based on the Edmund Rice tradition of "the dignity of each person, as a child of God, being at the heart of pastoral care". Further, the school's pastoral care program is designed to empower each student to embrace the fullness of his life within a variety of experiences.
The pastoral approach at St. Edmund’s strives for authenticity. Such an aim must always be a point of reference and a point of difference to which the school will always fall back on to substantiate its position in almost any circumstance. This must be clearly, distinctly and unapologetically succinct. This supports the school and its community to address the tensions that are associated with remaining genuine. It is also a tool to define the schools culture and charism. Clearly at SEC this is authentic practice.
EREA (Edmund Rice Education Australia) schools have a clear and succinct charter which overrides all practice undertaken by their schools. The EREA Charter (launched 2011) has as its four touchstones; Liberating Education, Inclusive Community, Gospel Spirituality, Justice and Solidarity. The school management ensures these touchstones are ubiquitous across all aspects of the schools life. Of course, the Christian Brothers and their enduring presence in our College are entrenched in such words and central to our mission.
Our aim as a College, through pastoral care in Junior School classrooms and the vertical House system, is to strengthen a sense of belonging and identity within the College community and to provide an environment where the well-being of our students remains at the centre of all our endeavours.
Caring for each student, by putting his interests and welfare in the centre of a decision making process.
How do we do this?
How do we do this?
How does it work in High School and Senior School?
Each House is lead by a Head of House and each tutor group is lead by a Tutor.
It is the Tutor and Head of House who lead the initiation of the care we offer and at times the Senior Students to help this happen.
St Edmund’s has a carefully developed 3 tiered approach used to respond to misbehaviour which aims to deal with issues at the lowest level possible so as to attempt to keep the processing of the problem at the point of its origin.
At classroom level especially, the role of the individual classroom teacher is emphasized and clearly linked to a school wide pedagogy.
The importance of the teacher's role in the classroom cannot be over emphasised and is consequently preserved and prioritised.
Basic self-discipline is achieved by the student in the class room and the greatest flexibility must be exercised by the teacher before deciding to enter the student into the process that moves him along the line to more severe sanctions.
The principle to be applied is that the student should be dealt with at the lowest appropriate level. If the appropriate sanction is not within the summary powers of punishment of the teacher, the student must be referred to the next level.
St Edmund’s has a clear and relevant series of practices and protocols directly related to the promotion of the welfare of each student.
In tandem with this policy and its system of care that services it, every student and family is also supplied with a copy of the expectations that the College places on its students.
St Edmund’s has a balanced view of its understanding about fundamental beliefs of school students and their nature. The College has clear views on what is regarded as unacceptable behaviour, a consequence of the clarity it has in regard to the values it promotes.
Types of Level 1 issues
Characterised by infrequent, low level, minor or isolated incidents which need to be challenged and dealt with immediately by the classroom teacher.
Types of Level 2 issues
Characterised by an established pattern of misbehaviors or a significant issue which signposts "at risk" choices or poor decision making which may harm the rights of others.
Type of Level 3 issues
Characterised by a continued failure to change or correct previous Level 2 misbehavior, or serious or high level isolated incident(s) which may be unlawful and/or dangerous and/or unethical or harm the rights of others.
Our response to all inappropriate behaviour is guided by Restorative Practice.
When inappropriate behavior has occurred and discussion with / between students is required we use the “Restorative Practice” process outlined below.
We are asking students to recognize and name behaviours - as well as helping them become aware of the impact their action has had on others.
St Edmund’s College is a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition. The culture of an authentic Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition is underpinned by four touchstones.
These touchstones are Liberating Education; Gospel Spirituality; Justice and Solidarity and Inclusive Community.
St Edmund’s College is a school community where every student, staff member and visitor to the College is made to feel welcome and safe.
There is no place for bullying or harassment at St Edmund’s College. Bullying is never acceptable, excusable or appropriate in our school community.
Being committed to the care and welfare of all our College community, the College counters views that bullying is an inevitable part of school life.
Further we aim to provide a safe, happy and positive learning environment for our College community which will assist in creating a supportive culture and to break down the code of secrecy that protects the bully.
All members of the College community are expected to support this commitment.
St Edmund’s College promotes resilience, resolution and restorative practices rather than punishment. We endorse a positive approach, which seeks to bring about change in the behaviour and thinking of the people involved.
What is Bullying?
Bullying can also be repeated:
It is still bullying if any or many of the above behaviours are carried out by text messages, MSN or social network sites.
If you are being bullied or harassed:
Bystanders – members of our community who witness incidents of bullying/harassment should respond in the following ways:
Staff at St Edmund’s College:
Safe School Policy was developed by the teaching staff of St Edmund's College in August 2012