As a Lasallian Catholic school, pastoral care is central to our ethos and identity. Our Mission statement calls for all of us in the SJI International Community to work together to enable our children to become people of integrity and people that show care and concern for others.
The patron saint of teachers and the school, St John Baptiste de La Salle, stressed the need for teachers to touch hearts. In following the lead taken by our patron, we aim to ensure that our children feel that they matter, are highly valued and loved.
We care for our children with the development of the whole person as a high priority. The foundation and inspiration for the care offered to our children come from a commitment to the Gospel and the person of Jesus Christ.
Pastoral care is an action that we all make as a community. We actively care for one another through key actions:
- respecting all people
- engaging our children in high-quality education and wider school and community activities
- ensuring that everyone in our community is included in events and in learning that is adapted to suit their needs
- encouraging children to provide service for others through local and global acts of charity and service
- The foundation and inspiration for the pastoral care offered to our children come from a commitment to the Gospel and encouraging faith in the presence of God.
Our homeroom classes are the centre of our work in pastoral care with class teachers building positive relationships with each student.
The extended Pastoral Team includes; Vice-Principal, Assistant Principal (Student Success), School Counsellor, Learning Support Team and EAL (English as an Additional Language) coordinator. The team works together to ensure that all children are able to access the curriculum and any support, academic or pastoral, is provided, where possible.
Our School Nurses provides immediate First Aid assistance. They also works with teaching teams to advise them on meeting the medical needs of specific children. The nurse liaises with specialist medical providers, parents and class teachers to assist families in implementing medical plans during the school day.
Our School Counsellor works with teachers, individual children and families to empower them with strategies to support their wellbeing. She supports children with specific social-emotional and behavioural needs. Our counsellor also works with families in times of need or difficulty. All counselling sessions are confidential.
Our Virtues Facilitators, lead our work on character education. The 52 identified virtues of the Virtues Programme are an essential element of our pastoral and character education programme; they are the “content of our character”. All teachers in our school incorporate the Virtues into our everyday life using these five strategies :
- We speak the language.
- We recognise teachable moments.
- We set clear boundaries
- We honour the spirit by finding meaning and joy in small things.
- We offer companioning by listening empathically and being present.
Through Our Religious and Moral Education (RME)program, children from Grades 1 to 6 explore aspects of personal growth through religious and moral themes. The RME curriculum is specially tailored for the needs of our international school and deepens children’s understanding of their own being, their relationship with family members and others, as well as their place in a culturally and religiously diverse world.
Our puberty program for students in Upper Elementary School equips students with knowledge about the physical, emotional, social changes they may experience during puberty. This program is based on a deep and rich understanding of key Catholic concepts including the value and dignity of the human person and premised on a deep respect for the role of parents as primary educators of their own children.
A key part of pastoral care in the school is keeping our children safe and free from harm. The Vice Principal, Pastoral leads on all matters relating to Safeguarding and Child Protection, including training all staff and extended community who work directly with our children
Promoting Positive Behaviour and Well-being
Students are consistently praised and rewarded for their positive behaviour and using their virtues within the school. WOW cards and Merit Certificates are used to publicly praise and reward students. Should a student display inappropriate behaviour, it is managed in a sensitive, restorative manner, based on Virtues. The school builds positive relationships with parents and works in partnership with families to help manage indiscipline.
Promoting Well-being involves our whole community and is multifaceted. In addition to strategically planning for well-being events, the day to day interactions with our students and their engagement in the life and the work of the school is paramount to securing their well-being whilst at school.