The purpose of Pastoral Care at Gilroy Santa Maria College is to promote the building of a Christian community through cooperative learning and using consistent management practices when supporting students. Students, teachers, and parents need to be familiar with this document and be aware that behavioural mistakes have consequences.
All members of the Gilroy Santa Maria College community are encouraged to live the values of our Mission Statement to uphold the dignity and the rights of each person within our College environment.
Central to our community is the belief that maintaining positive relationships underpins acceptable behaviour.
The key element of positive good relationships leads us to recognise the dignity of students and teachers, where each has rights and responsibilities to each other. Pastoral Care at Gilroy Santa Maria College is a program of planned strategies and informal experiences that has a holistic approach to the education of young women and men through the involvement and care of all its shareholders. It places the student at the centre of its activities and aims to assist all members of the Gilroy Santa Maria College Community to reach their full potential.
Enrolment at this school is dependent on acceptance of the school rules, codes of behaviour and policies, including those regarding curriculum, discipline, dress, conduct, Workplace Health & Safety, and wellbeing. School expectations and policies are in the interest of the wellbeing of the whole school community.
Pastoral Care at Gilroy Santa Maria College is:
Underpinned by the values and beliefs of our Catholic traditions and is reflective of our college mission statement.
The concern that the school has that each individual belongs to our community and has the fullest possibility for personal, academic, social and spiritual growth. Expressed through the teacher’s personal commitment to each individual student, and a commitment to what the student is and what he or she can become.
Communicated to students in various interpersonal contacts in the classroom and other extra-curricular activities, where an atmosphere of respect and love is fostered and maintained.
Occurring when a personal interest is taken in each student. If students have questions, concerns, requests, troubles, or suggestions, they have access to several people including, Homeroom Teachers, Class Teachers, Pastoral Leaders, and the Student Counsellor.
Integral to the success of our pastoral care system and is the well-established culture of the College. Gilroy Santa Maria College has a traditional, yet evolving culture, central to which is a focus on the student and recognition that the student–staff interaction is the primary activity of the College.