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Pastoral Care Worker Program

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It has been my privilege to work as a Pastoral Care Worker for over 7 years. I began at Ardtornish Primary School in Term 1, 2014.

I have a genuine care and compassion for all people, no matter what their beliefs, background or situation.

It is my desire to come alongside the school community and provide pastoral care, advocacy, helpful resources and referrals where needed.

There are six dimensions to my role:

  • Role Modelling & Mentoring by being a role model in the community and assist students to develop supportive relationships with other students and adults.
  • Social & Emotional Support by providing a pastoral presence to nurture student and staff emotional wellbeing and assist students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills that support learning, positive behaviour and constructive social relationships.
  • Spiritual Support by providing an enhanced dimension to the school’s care, guidance and support of students’ and staff spiritual wellbeing that respects diversity and facilitates their quest for meaning, purpose and hope.
  • School Engagement by providing social, emotional or spiritual support, especially for those at risk of disengaging, this can be done through personal support and/or group activities i.e. social skills and grief & loss programs.
  • Community Engagement by developing links between the school and its community, working with school based staff, community-based youth organisations, Churches, agencies, services, and other networks.
  • Extra- Curricular Contribution by participating in and contribute to general school activities, i.e. camps, excursions, sports day, choirs and bands etc.

I work in co-operation with the School Principal, School Counsellor and teachers to support students in classrooms, groups or one-on-one.

In a Government School, the Pastoral Care Program is primarily a service of pastoral care for students and their families, who want this support.

As Pastoral Care Workers I do not evangelise on behalf of any particular faith group. In my role I respect both the secular character of a Government School and the variety of thoughts and beliefs of all people within the school community.

As a Pastoral Care Worker, I am accountable to the Department of Education and Child Development through the School Principal, Schools Ministry Group and Schools Ministry Tea Tree Gully. I am bound by the Pastoral Care Worker Code of Conduct which is applicable both professionally and personally; including Duty of Care, Privacy and Confidentiality (within limits of Mandatory Notification), Protective Practices, Respond to Abuse and Neglect, First Aid and OHS&W.

I work within Ardtornish Primary School’s Policies and Procedures, follow DECD Guidelines and Practices, regularly participate in professional development, I respect diversity and multiculturalism and display school values.

Student access to Pastoral Care Workers is entirely voluntary.

For ongoing pastoral care, a signed parental consent form is required.

My working days at Ardtornish are:

  • Monday & Wednesday 8.30am – 5.00pm
  • Friday 8.30pm – 12.30pm

I am highly committed to my role as I am passionate about the well-being of all, especially children.

I feel privileged to work with our young people and hope to be a positive influence in their lives.

Please drop by and say hello sometime. I have many brochures available that cover a wide range of topics that may be relevant to you and your family.

If you would like to contact me, you can do so by:

  • phoning the school 8264 8099,
  • emailing me tracey.cooper995@schools.sa.edu.au
  • leaving a message in my mailbox which is located underneath the Community News Noticeboard near the front office.

I look forward to meeting you.

Tracey Cooper

“You are always welcome”

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