Pastoral Care Report - April 4, 2019
author: Brad Murray
2019 Pastoral Care Program: Information for Parents
2019 Year 7 Mother Son Night
In Term 2, the Year 7 Mother Son evening will take place on Tuesday, May 21, in the gym. More details about this event will be circulated very soon, via an email to all Year 7 parents. All Year 7 students will also be invited to write an invitation to their mother or significant female mentor, a few weeks ahead of the event. I will make contact with all Year 7 parents early in term two to provide registration details.
Keeping Safe: Information for Parents
As part of St Patrick’s College mission to create a safe and secure learning environment for our students, it is crucial that our broader community of parents are well-informed with the latest information and research available, so we can work as partners to keep our students safe. This week’s focus is to define ‘abuse’.
Abuse can occur in a range of situations, including neglect, or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. Physical abuse is a non-accidental injury or pattern of injuries to a child caused by another person. Sexual abuse occurs when someone in a position of power to the young person uses their power to involve the young person in sexual activity, which can include the sharing of information over the internet, such as pornographic images or obscene text messages or emails. Emotional abuse can occur when a young person’s self-esteem or social competence is undermined or eroded, usually over a longer period of time. This can include isolation, ignoring or intimidation. Neglect is characterised by a failure to provide a young person with basic needs, which can include inadequate supervision for long periods of time and disregarding potential hazards.
A young person may experience abuse-related trauma as a result of abuse, and can become disconnected from their feelings.
As part of our duty of care as educators at St Patrick’s College, we are required by law to report any suspected abuse for a student under our care. The College has adopted the PROTECT resources as its framework for carrying out this obligation. A PROTECT factsheet “Protecting Children from Abuse: For Parents and Carers” can be found at: http://www.education.vic.gov.au/Documents/about/programs/health/protect/ChildSafeStandard5_ParentsProtecting.pdf
For more information on our child protection policies, please visit: http://www.stpats.vic.edu.au/en/st-patricks-college/policies/
DATES – PASTORAL CARE
Please see below a list of all wellbeing events scheduled for the remainder of 2019 – if a date is applicable to your son, can I please ask you to mark this in your calendars for future reference:
MAY 21 – Year 7 Mother / Son night
Registration letters will be sent to parents in late April
Event – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
MAY 23 – Year 7, 8, 9 Guest Speaker – Willie Green (USA)
Student Session – 11am – 1140am (Session 4)
JULY 29 – Year 7 and 8 Brainstorm Productions
Year 7 Session – 9am – 10.30am (Session 2&3)
Year 8 – 10.55am – 12.25pm (Session 4&5)
AUGUST 5 – Year 11 Carmen Road Safety
Student Session – 9am – 10.30pm (Session 2&3)
For more information on our Pastoral Care program, please visit:
I would encourage all students and parents to fully engage and participate in all of our wellbeing programs on offer, as they are an integral element of our broader mission to educate the whole person.
Mr Bradley Murray
Pastoral Care Coordinator