St John’s Catholic Primary School affirms that, consistent with the Diocesan Mission statement, each Catholic School has a special responsibility for the pastoral care of students. This statement is intended to provide St John’s Catholic Primary School with our own Pastoral Care Policies consistent with Diocesan Policy and our School Vision Statement.

Pastoral Care in St John’s Catholic Primary School is based firmly on the Christian vision as expressed in the following statements.

Pastoral Care:

-has as its focus, the life of Jesus Christ;
-is concerned with the dignity and integral growth of the person;
-is a responsibility entrusted to all members of the faith community;
-is a force for healing, reconciliation and liberation;
-is an expression of and commitment to justice.

A school community needs to respond with increasing sensitivity to the social and cultural diversity of its members. It is in and through Pastoral Care that much can be done to promote respect and to support such things as diverse family structures, different ways of giving expression to Christian faith, awareness of cross-cultural issues. School policies and practices must be respectful of the dignity, rights and fundamental freedoms of individual students and must provide learning opportunities for individual students which are responsive to their unique needs for growth and fulfilment.