Grace Primary has an extensive Pastoral Care program for our students by showing support, behaviour management strategies and counselling to students and their families where required. We aim to assist students to make positive choices and take ownership of their actions and behaviours.
Pastoral Care at Grace
At Grace we take seriously the command of Jesus “to love our neighbour as we love ourselves.” (Mark 12:31) We strive to show care and support equally to every student, parent and colleague regardless of their personal beliefs, abilities, behaviour or circumstances. This derives from our belief that, because God loves us regardless of whom we are or what we do, so we should love others. This commitment is the basis of our Pastoral Care Policy which includes Restorative Practices, Behaviour Management and Anti-Bullying.
All staff receive regular training on Restorative Practices to provide them with the best skills possible in handling student behaviour and helping students resolve issues. For more information on this please see our Pastoral Care Policy.
At Grace Primary we adopt a Behaviour Management approach to guide behaviour choices towards self-control and self-direction. This enables individuals to achieve the best possible educational and personal development outcomes. These processes can be both preventative and reactive, and may result in either positive or negative consequences with the aim of restoring relationships and communication between school and home. Our guiding principal at Grace is RESPECT:
- We Respect Ourselves
- We Respect Others
- We Respect the Environment.
We have a no tolerance to bullying policy.
Our school defines bullying as the deliberate, repeated, conscious desire to hurt, threaten or frighten someone else. This can be done physically, verbally, electronically or through the use of non-verbal behaviours such as intimidation, threatening signs or exclusion.
The following behaviours are considered to be unacceptable and when carried out in a deliberate and repeated manner are considered to be acts of bullying:
- hitting, punching, pushing others
- interfering with other people’s property
- using offensive, harmful or obscene language
- repeated teasing
- calling names
- excluding others
- cyber bulling.
We understand that bullying can take place at any time and in any place. We believe:
- Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure in the school environment
- To enable bullying to be minimised and eliminated, it must be reported and dealt with
- It is the responsibility of students, staff and parents to provide a positive culture where bullying is not accepted.
Counselling & Support
Grace Lutheran Primary School offers support for student welfare through the provision of a Chaplain (Student Welfare Worker) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Participation in the program is voluntary.
Our Chaplain works with children and parents with a variety of concerns such as:
- Resilience training
- Social skills.