The question “What does pastoral care look like at St Mark’s?” is one the School is frequently asked by new families. The first response is that Pastoral Care is all about listening, caring, guiding and loving in a safe and nurturing environment. It is a team effort: family, school and community.
Parents and educators want the same things for our students: happiness, confidence, contentment, balance, kindness, health, resilience and satisfaction, in other words: wellness or wellbeing. We also want accomplishment: achievement, thinking skills, success, literacy, numeracy, growth and discipline.
The keys to achieving these things is helping students maintain a balance in the pursuit of excellence, to keep positive and enjoy their time at School. We want our children to be ‘well beings’.
Together – educators, students and families – can facilitate wellbeing by:
- Having a clear sense of meaning and purpose in life
- Participating and an active and healthy lifestyle, strongly supported by family and peers
- Maintaining meaningful relationships
- Building resilience
- Knowing and utilising strengths
- Living in the present, not dwelling in the past or worrying about the future
- Appreciating successful and not focusing on failures.
Studies indicate that 30% of Secondary School students engage in multiple high risk behaviours that interfere with school performance and jeopardise their potential for life success.
Of the next few weeks, the website will feature some tips on how we, as a community, can work together to reduce these high risk behaviours and strengthen the potential for long term growth and success.