Pastoral Care

The relationship between the student and teacher is where the heart of all pastoral care lies

 

Santa Sophia Catholic College is building a warm, friendly and cooperative learning environment based on the Positive Behaviour Support for Learning (PBS4L) ethos. The school has established its core values of Wisdom, Faith, Hope and Love and is developing its ‘culture’ with these values at the core of all behavioural expectations.

 

What is PBS4L?

 

Positive Behaviour Support for Learning is an evidenced based framework (as opposed to a program) so it will look a bit different in every school setting. This means by implementing it we can make it more relevant to our school community.

The purpose of PBS4L is to develop effective school-wide systems and practices that are informed by data to get more positive outcomes for students both socially and academically. The basic principle behind PBS4L is that behaviour is learnt and therefore can be taught. It is important to understand that PBS4L is for everyone. It is not just for students with challenging behaviours. Implementing PBS4L at Santa Sophia means that the expectations of behaviour are made very clear to all in the community. These expectations are actively taught, positively reinforced by staff when these behaviours are observed, and corrected and re-taught by staff when problem behaviour arises.

PBS4L is a transparent framework that encourages parent, student and teacher voice. It is a collaborative community effort aimed at encouraging more positive behaviours within our school community to maximise student wellbeing and learning outcomes.

 

Families are important members of the school’s community.

 

  • When schools and families work together toward a common goal of helping children to be successful, it is much more likely to happen.
  • Families have valuable insights and information about how their children learn best and what help they need.
  • School staff can help families support their children at home in learning and developing academic, social-emotional and behavioural skills.
  • PBS4L schools find various ways to update families on a regular basis about their activities, lessons, projects and celebrations. Schools actively communicate with families so they understand and support the PBS4L process.
  • Families benefit from learning how to use similar strategies at home for teaching and supporting their children's social and behaviour skills.

 

How does PBS4L operate?

 

  • Firstly, the school selects and defines the behaviours expected and desired of the students within the school.
  • Expected behaviours are taught to students for the differing situations that occur at school.
  • Staff monitor the achievement of these expected and desired behaviours.
  • Students are recognised and rewarded for achieving these expectations.
  • Data is collected, analysed and used as a means for setting future goals and targets.
  • Behavioural errors are corrected and supported.
  • The implementation and achievement of success will take 3-5 years to be fully embedded into the school's culture.

 

Santa Sophia has identified its core values and selected and defined the behavioural expectations. Staff and students have worked together to align examples of desired behaviours within each of the four values. These values and expectations have been summarised in a Primary and Secondary Matrix (below).

 

Expectations and Teaching Matrix (Primary)


Values Behavioural Expectations- All Settings
Faith
Faith in God, faith in myself, faith in others
Faith in God and being a gift to others
  • Work together cooperatively
  • Encourage and help others
  • Show reverence during prayer
Hope
Optimism for the future
  • Do my best (focus)
  • Ask for help when I need
  • Try new things in my learning
  • Work on achieving my goals
Love
Respect and care for God,
the environment, myself and others
  • Do my best (focus)
  • Ask for help when I need
  • Try new things in my learning
  • Work on achieving my goals
Wisdom
Seeing the world through God’s eyes
and using good judgement
  • Use technology appropriately
  • Follow teacher instructions
  • Follow classroom and playground rules
  • Be at the right place at the right time
  • Come to school every day ready to learn

Expectations and Teaching Matrix (Secondary)


Values Behavioural Expectations- All Settings
Faith
Faith in God, faith in myself, faith in others
Faith in God and being a gift to others
  • Encourage others
  • Seek support from others when I need help
  • Show reverence during prayer
Hope
Optimism for the future
  • Be open to new ideas and concepts when working with others
  • Challenge myself by setting SMART goals for social and academic growth
  • Adopt a growth mindset
Love
Respect and care for God,
the environment, myself and others
  • Care for the environment
  • Care for my property, others property and school property
  • Treat myself and others with respect and dignity
  • Be inclusive and accepting of others
  • Follow uniform and grooming expectations/policy
Wisdom
Seeing the world through God’s eyes
and using good judgement
  • Apply Holy Wisdom in decision making
  • Follow all teacher instructions and classroom procedures and school rules
  • Follow classroom and playground rules
  • Use technology appropriately
  • Stay focused and complete all tasks
  • Be punctual and prepared




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