Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Educational settings have a critical role to play in fostering positive and sustainable characteristics that enable students to achieve their best. Pastoral care and wellbeing in schools are interrelated and the concern of all staff and characterizes​ all relationships, supports, processes and structures. It covers all aspects of school life and includes the safe and supportive environment in which they learn. Promoting pastoral care and wellbeing in schools means not only caring for children, young people and families, but also looking after yourself and your colleagues. Maintaining staff wellbeing ensures that teachers are physically and emotionally available to their students, and have increased capacity to model social and emotional competence. Wellbeing and resilience also contribute to personal health, work satisfaction and career longevity. 


The 8 Key Elements of Pastoral Care and Wellbeing in Brisbane Catholic Education colleges are:

  1. ​Leadership commitment to sustainable pastoral care and wellbeing.  
  2. Policies, structures and processes. 
  3. Engaged and positive school culture.
  4. Safe and supportive environment for learning and teaching. 
  5. Focus on the student as a learner and a person. 
  6. Proactive and preventative approaches. 
  7. Early intervention and targeted support. 
  8. Partnerships with parish, families and communities.

The BCE Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Position has the advantages of: 

  • Enhancing the profile and priority given to pastoral care and wellbeing within BCE 
  • Driving a focused, integrated, and intentional approach
  • Promoting the development of a common understanding, and a shared language and culture regarding the centrality of pastoral care and wellbeing to learning and teaching
  • Providing leadership and guidance to support schools and teachers in implementing pastoral care and wellbeing approaches within school communities 
  • Increasing engagement at all levels of the BCE community
  • Providing a platform for the sharing of best practice across BCE and a mechanism for ensuring that BCE stays abreast of contemporary developments in pastoral care and wellbeing literature and research 
  • Providing a unifying purpose and rationale for the many disparate approaches (e.g. Kids Matter, Mind Matters, National Safe College Position Statement, and Social Emotional Learning programs) that have at their heart a concern with student pastoral care and wellbeing but have not been explicitly linked in this way. 

​A focus on student wellbeing is highly consistent with the Declaration of the Rights of the Child (United Nations, 1959) and the Melbourne Declaration on Educational Goals for Young Australians (MCEETYA, 2008). For example, a core educational goal within the Melbourne Declaration is for all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals, and active and informed citizens. 


Student pastoral care and wellbeing in BCE schools is based upon the following key statements:

  1. Pastoral care and wellbeing is the responsibility of all teachers and all leaders in schools. 
  2. Schools have knowledge of the evidence informed connection between wellbeing and student learning outcomes and the 8 key elements for pastoral care and wellbeing in Brisbane Catholic Education schools. 
  3. Schools and teachers use a common language and have a shared understanding of pastoral care and wellbeing.
  4. There is a systematic and strategic approach to pastoral care and wellbeing which is integrated, sustainable, and embedded in the life of the school.
  5. Every teacher in every classroom has the knowledge, understanding, skills, dispositions and support to create the optimum conditions for each learner to grow and flourish.
  6. Schools and teachers use a set of user-friendly guidelines for choosing and using appropriate evidence informed resources that support a whole of school approach. 
  7. Each student is entitled to knowledge, understanding and skills that provide a foundation for wellbeing, resilience, successful and lifelong learning and participation.
  8. Schools foster an integrated approach to the holistic development of the student in faith, family, community and learning, within the context of meaningful partnerships.


Student Behaviour Support

​Brisbane Catholic Education (BCE) schools value an inclusive approach to student support in a safe and welcoming environment that is grounded in our Catholic faith. The college, in consultation with the local community, will develop, implement, review and monitor a Student Behaviour Support Plan, supported by Brisbane Catholic Education's Student Behaviour Support Policy , and the Student Behaviour Support Procedures and Regulations.