Pastoral Care means enhancing the dignity of each person within our school community whilst maximising learning and growth. The pastoral care of Mater Christi Catholic Primary children is of paramount importance and is a shared responsibility between the school and the home.
Mater Christi has a buddy system whereby junior grades are teamed with senior grades in order that a mutual exchange of responsibility and care is fostered. Buddy groups have been established so that older children in our community take responsibility for the care of our younger members and develop a friendly relationship with them.
Rainbows is a program designed especially for children who are living in single parent families, or families going through significant transitions. Rainbows fosters emotional healing among children grieving a loss from a life-altering crisis or other significant changes in their life. The program consists of twelve weekly sessions conducted during school hours. A staff member has been trained as the facilitator of the Rainbows program.
Rainbows provides a safe, confidential and caring environment for young people to sort through their pain and confusion, build self-esteem and learn coping tools to deal with their change, loss and grief. The goal is to assist participants in expressing feelings, understand and talk about these feelings and to learn to let go of them and get on with living. The facilitator assists the participant in expressing feelings.
A key element of the Pastoral Care Programme is to acknowledge and reinforce the positive behaviours of the students. In upholding our Catholic school aims of educating the whole child, Mater Christi Catholic Primary School’s Pastoral Care and Discipline policy work together on the basis of developing a sense of Christian self-responsibility and community in the children. We believe in the self-respect of individuals and that success stems from self-esteem. We also advocate zero tolerance in respect of bullying.