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Newtownsmith, Galway City H91DP11
In co-operation with parents we aim to foster a caring school community in which we strive to develop each dimension of all pupils.
All Stakeholders within the School Community:
Pastoral Care is a core dimension of school life as it is such a crucial expression of the characteristic spirit of the school. It will be a key aspect as parents and others assess the school. It is the actualization of the Mission Statement.
At the centre of our pastoral framework are the pastoral roles – we recognise that each contributes to the pastoral nature of the school community – of the class tutor, year head, home-school liaison and guidance counsellors. We also recognise that other key roles in the school carry significant pastoral dimensions and responsibilities – such as the principal, deputy principal, class teacher, learning support, resource teachers and special needs assistants.
Personal attention given to value and develop every student
All incoming First Years to feel welcome before they arrive into the school
A sense of ownership and responsibility for the life of the school community and the critical role that the students play in the process to be developed within the school body:
Students should be encouraged to organise and participate in Lunchtime Leisure Activity Clubs
The Board of Management should feel acknowledged and supported in its role by the School Community.
How do we mark the Old Traditions/New Day?
The parents should feel welcomed and invited to participate in a shared sense of purpose in order that they might support the life of the school.
Board of Management:
To ensure policy is drawn up, developed and evaluated from time to time.
To approve policy and support its implementation
To receive reports on its implementation.
Principal, Deputy Principal and Assistant Principals:
To monitor the implementation of policy
Staff: To develop and implement policy.
Parents: To be aware of the policy and support their roles in its implementation.
Students: To be aware of the support systems that is in place.
To participate fully in all aspects of school life
Pastoral Care Structure
Pastoral Care involves the Principal, Deputy Principal, Year Heads, Class Tutors, Student Council, Class Prefects, Career Guidance, Pastoral Care Personnel, , HSCL Teacher, Learning Support Teacher and S.P.H.E Teachers. The Pastoral Care Structure for students consists of a Prefect, a Class Tutor and a Year Head.
An introduction Day for first years is held in September. Appropriate care and attention is giving to new students who enrol in the middle of the school year. Students with special needs follow individualised timetables (IEP) catering for their specific needs. Students who experience difficulties in their personal lives are offered confidential and sensitive care and support. If a student is considered to be at risk, the school with parental permission will be referred to outside agencies if the necessary appropriate support is not available in the school. Every effort is made to cater for students with physical disability. The school works closely with the HSE in relation to students/families at risk. HSCL Teacher links with primary schools in order to be aware of students at risk.
Induction/care of newcomers to staff is a priority. Teachers are encouraged to pursue training in pastoral care programmes e.g the ‘Substance Abuse Prevention Programme’ and the ‘Social, Personal and Health Programme’. Staff Development Days are held each year.
The Parents’ Association provides an opportunity for developing strong links with the parent body. The school endeavours to strengthen home/school links and HSLC Teacher encourages parents to make the school aware of any difficulties the student might be experiencing.
The Pastoral Care Policy will be deemed to be effective if
When students leave school that they have the confidence to undertake a further course of study or apprenticeship or find fulfilling and meaningful employment.