As a Catholic school, St Paul’s shares in the mission of the Catholic Church. Christ’s commandment, “to love one another as I have loved you” is the basis of all faith communities. Pastoral care gathers all the qualities and practices within a community that seek to make this commandment real.
Wellbeing is the concept which underpins pastoral care. St Paul's is focused on the wellbeing of the whole school community. We are conscious of the need to promote healthy wellbeing in all areas of the human person. Mental health is of paramount importance. We recognise the flow on effects of mental wellbeing to academic achievement and whole of life satisfaction. We are a KidsMatter school – using this framework as a basis for student wellbeing. Within this framework the students are explicitly taught Positive Behaviours for Learning (PB4L).
When students enrol at St Paul’s in Kindergarten, they are supported in their transition by a buddy allocated to them from the following year’s Year 6 class. These buddies meet their each other in Term 4 to help the new Kinders learn the routines of the school and settle in the life of a “big schooler”. They meet regularly at the beginning of the next year to help make transition to school as smooth as possible.
Students at St Paul's Primary School are supported in their learning by a Learning Support Teacher and a number of Learning Support Assistants. The Learning Support team work to support both the Pastoral and Academic needs of the students.
St Paul's has the services of a school psychologist, provided through the Catholic Schools Office, working at the school. The psychologist provides support with academic and social assessments. Recommendations are made to assist parents and teachers to cater for the ongoing educational needs of the students.