We believe that the relationship between the student and teacher is where the heart of all pastoral care lies.
We believe in forming a collaborative community where we develop the decision-making skills of students. Our expectation is that every teacher at St Monica's is committed to supporting the young people in their care:
- to progress their learning
- to develop a growth mindset
- to develop behaviour that will help them succeed in life.
St Monica's is conscious of the significant influence a school has on each student's growth and development, however, we see ourselves in partnership with parents, deferring to them as the most important people in the life of their sons and daughters. We view the relationship between the school and the families as one of partnership and work hard to maintain a professional, friendly and open approach to discussing student learning. We also involve families in school life through regular community engagement activities.
Developing respect for self and others is promoted through the celebration of differences, the acknowledgment of gifts, and the explicit teaching of values and social skills. St Monica's Primary teaches children about making safe and loving choices, as set out in our school rules.
St Monica’s Primary follows a Social Skills program that looks at bullying in Term 1; respect of self, others, the environment and God in Term 2; the development of skills in group situations in Term 3; and an emphasis on personal safety and strategies to deal with a variety of situations in Term 4.
Our Social Skills program K-6, is guided by the PDHPE syllabus and the Talking and Listening Component of the English syllabus. We also incorporate the Peer Support Program which complements and reinforces the school program.
Our school community strongly supports the intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual growth of each student. Families are supported in times of sickness or grief through the Parent Representative Group, providing transport, meals or home visits. Children who may need hospital care are given a gift basket of “goodies” and we celebrate birthdays and the personal best of students through our newsletter.
Seasons for Growth
Seasons for Growth is a support program offered to children who experience grief or loss through death of a relative or friend, marriage separation or divorce. The program is offered to all children from Kindergarten to Year 6 and is an 8 week program followed by 2 'reconnector' meetings later in the year.