The pastoral care of children is central to the work that we do here at Saint Christina’s School; when children feel happy, secure and safe, they succeed. We believe that positive relationships are vital to the happiness, security and personal development of each child and this belief is rooted in a deep respect for the dignity of the human person. We aim to provide a strong sense of wellbeing, belonging and security and assist each child to achieve their full potential, physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
We are proud of our close-knit community and the personal rapport that is shared among children, teachers and parents. New families are warmly welcomed into our School by members of staff and Parents’ Link.
Each child at Saint Christina’s School is valued according to their individual differences and children are encouraged to work in partnership with the teaching team to care for their peers. Specific assemblies during the School year are aimed at ensuring that children feel secure and valued. This includes whole-School assemblies on friendship, leadership and anti-bullying which enable children to know who to talk to should they have any concerns or require additional support. During Key Stage and whole-School assemblies, children’s individual and collective academic, sporting and music achievements are celebrated.
Pastoral care is embedded throughout the curriculum and children learn about friendships, health and wellbeing, rights and responsibilities and the roles of individuals in a community. The School’s pastoral care system is robustly supported by the Anti-Bullying, PSHCE and Behaviour policies.
The Year 6 leaders are allocated prefect leadership roles within the School, for example, Sports Captains, Eco Monitors and Library Monitors. They take an active role in their care and concern for younger children in the playground, around the School and at Mass.
As a first point of contact, the class teacher will listen to and monitor any concerns either academic or pastoral. Any individual issues will be investigated fairly and thoroughly; and at all times parents will be kept informed as situations are carefully monitored and resolved.