According to the Pastoral Care Policy of the College, pastoral care extends
directly to the community of St Monica’s College – its students, their parents,
the staff and the College Board. It is a term used to describe both an attitude
and a process, and is based upon a belief in the dignity of the person. It is
expressed through the development of quality relationships, the provision of
effective teaching and learning experiences and effective networks of care.
According to the Catholic Education Commission Victoria (CECV) Policy
“Pastoral Care of Students in Catholic Schools” pastoral care endeavours “ to
promote and enhance student wellbeing of a personal, social, physical,
emotional, mental or spiritual nature. Key elements of student wellbeing are
positive self regard, respect for others, positive relationships, responsible
behaviours and personal resilience”.
The College acknowledges that “enhanced student wellbeing contributes to
improved student learning outcomes”. Therefore, effective pastoral care promotes
both the personal and academic development of students.
We believe that all members of the community of St Monica’s College are
responsible for pastoral care. All members should expect the care and support
which comes from a belief in mutually supportive relationships and a desire to
see each person secure, connected to and engaged with their school community and
able to grow to their full potential. (Pastoral Care of Students in Catholic
Schools, CECV 2008).