Pastoral Care Worker
The Chaplaincy Service at this school is provided by a Pastoral Care Worker , employed by Schools Ministry Group (SMG).
The Chaplaincy Service is funded by the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP), administered by DECD SA, with additional contribution from the local community.
The aim of this service is to offer pastoral support to students, staff and the school community.
Our Pastoral Care Worker supports our community in the following ways:
- Working closely and in partnership with leadership and other wellbeing staff in the school to provide pastoral care and practical support to students, families and staff as requested
- Providing pastoral care in a ‘first response’ capacity to critical incidents, referring to specialist support, and to provide ongoing presence and follow up
- Being well positioned to work across the whole school to ‘build a sense of’ community, harmony and cohesion
- Being trained and equipped to provide our school with a unique dimension of social, emotional and spiritual support in line with the DECD wellbeing framework
Governing councils share governance with the school and represent the school’s local community. The school principal works together with Governing Council members to guide and develop future directions for our site. Some examples of Governing Council roles and responsibilities include:
- provide advice on curriculum offered to meet local community needs, e.g. a specialist program
- manage particular programs e.g. after school sports
- work with leadership to address the maintenance, improvement of school grounds, buildings and equipment and the hiring of school facilities
- consult with the site’s community to assist when policies are made or reviewed
- employ some staff, e.g. Out of School Hours Care
- take part in an interview panel to employ the site’s Principal or OSHC Director
- work on review of vision, values, mission, improvement plan and set strategic directions
- review, approve and keep a check on the site budget
- endorse the annual report and report to the site’s community – and the minister – at least once a year
Parent membership of the Governing Council is decided by nomination and ballot at the Annual General Meeting that is held early in Term 1 of each year. The Governing Council meets twice a term each term on a Wednesday evening. Meetings are held in the Admin Conference Room and commences at 6.30pm concluding at 8.30pm.
Parents/caretakers who are not members of Governing Council are welcome to attend as visitors to the meetings. Notification of meeting dates are provided in the School Newsletter.
The Governing Council has established a number of sub-committees that meet twice a term to support research and make recommendations to the Governing Council:
- Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)
- After School Sports
- Asset and Landscape
- Parents and Friends
Please contact the Front Office is you are interested in participating and contributing to sub-committees and working parties.
Committees assist the governing council to carry out its functions more efficiently and effectively by handling matters that require considerable discussion, development or planning. They may be established to give advice on such responsibilities as finance, buildings and grounds, education policy and community relations.
Governing Council committees are seen as a valuable way of:
- broadening opportunities for more parents and caregivers, staff and other community members with particular expertise to be involved
- providing other entry levels for the participation of interested parents and caregivers, community members and potential future council members
- increasing the involvement of staff and strengthening the link between site staff and the governance of the site
Site management and educational leadership is the responsibility of the principal and staff. It is not a part of the governance role involving the governing council and wider community.
For further details please access the following website and follow the links through to Governance www.decd.sa.gov.au
Year 7 students brainstormed student leadership roles and responsibilities and applied for these positions based on negotiated job and person specifications and our school values. Applicants prioritised their preferences and were selected to role model these student leadership positions and lead school based initiatives in these teams:
- School Ambassadors
- Be Active Leaders
- House Captains
Reception – Year 7 students engage in Circle Time to promote student voice, connect, build relationships and collectively problem-solve school based issues. Student leaders support classroom requests through research, action plans and projects.
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