Pastoral CareBambara Primary School
Pastoral care is the commitment of our staff to the wellbeing of each student. Effective pastoral care is achieved through promoting positive school environments that support the physical, social, intellectual and emotional development of every student. Pastoral care is central to Bambara Primary School providing a quality education for all students and is embedded within the school system by the provision of safe, inclusive and caring learning environments. Our pastoral care is underpinned by a positive school climate and a strong Values system. Our Values system shapes who we are and is formed through the influences of home, family, school, community and the world around us. At Bambara Primary School we are committed to promoting a strong values system demonstrated by positive attitudes and actions. Each fortnight the school has a focus on a Value. Opportunities for discussion and explicit teaching about the thoughts, feelings, attitudes and actions which exemplify the value are conducted at the weekly School Leader’s assembly and through daily classroom programs. Our school office is home to our Values Tree and has the names of students who have been rewarded at the fortnightly assembly for their demonstration of positive attitudes and actions. The focus on Values has a positive impact on student behaviour and helps the school maintain a safe and caring environment. It is hoped that these positive attitudes and actions become deeply embedded and are demonstrated by each individual from our school community across all contexts. At the beginning of each term, all families receive a copy of the Values Booklet which outlines the Value for each fortnight. Click on the links below to view our Values Booklets.
The School Chaplaincy program supports the school’s pastoral care program. The School Chaplain supports the wellbeing of students and the school community in general. This might include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues and helping students engage with the broader community. They are part of the school’s pastoral care team. The school Chaplain at Bambara Primary School is available one day a week to support students and their families. Involvement is voluntary and students may self- refer or be referred through the Principal, Teacher or Parent.
The school aims to provide an innovative and collaborative approach with key stakeholders to make a real difference for students at educational risk. Students at educational risk can be identified by any one of the following attributes, low achievement, low progress and/ or classroom behaviour which has a negative impact on academic or social progress. Classroom teachers will develop individual programs for students who have been identified at risk in Literacy or Numeracy. The learning programs will be adjusted to ensure that student progress is incremental. In the course of the term teachers will meet with parents to discuss the individual program and endorse the learning adjustments. The Learning Support Team comprising of Administration (Principal or Deputy Principal), School Psychologist, Classroom Teacher, Chaplain or Allied Health Professionals and Parents will become involved should student fail to make progress. Their role is to ensure successful outcomes for students at educational risks by supporting teachers and working collectively to identify suitable and effective intervention strategies.
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Privacy of Children
Commonwealth Legislation to protect children’s privacy raise some questions. e.g. Should privacy laws be extended to protect victims of bullying? In particular, do privacy laws need to be tightened to prevent the invasion of the privacy of children and young people on social media sites and what is the legal responsibility of the site providers? Children, Young People and Attitudes to Privacy the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), from their website – check an interesting section on young people and online social networking below:
- Generational differences in attitudes to privacy
- Attitudes of young people to privacy
- ALRC consultations with young people
- Online social networking
- Discussion Paper proposals
- ALRC’s view
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