As a Catholic school, St Dominic’s Centre shares in the mission of the Catholic Church. Christ’s commandment, to love one another as I have loved you is the basis of all faith communities. Pastoral care gathers all the qualities and practices within a community that seeks to make this commandment real.
Pastoral Care endeavours to equip students with the skills to respond to the numerous and complex challenges confronting them in an ever changing world. Our school community seeks to provide students with every opportunity to develop themselves physically, socially, intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.
Where a need for specific assistance is identified, St Dominic’s Centre offers the services of a Pastoral Care Worker, School Psychologist and other specialist staff. There are various opportunities to meet with our specialist staff throughout the year. Specific programs can be arranged including Seasons for Growth, Boys and Relationships, Girls and Relationships, Mentoring, Managing Anxiety and Social Skills training.
Zones of Regulation; support for parents/Carers through the pastoral care worker. St Dominic's has adopted a case management approach wherein each student is assigned a teaching staff member who coordinates their learning needs. Parents are encouraged to contact their child's case manager to discuss specific needs or concerns. The case manager will then respond via email or phone within a 24-hour period.
St Dominic's is a Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) school and as such all staff are trained in and committed to creating a positive learning culture. Whole school goals are set throughout the term. These are explicitly taught to the students, practised and modelled by all staff members. The achievement of these goals is monitored by staff. While we endeavour to use the PBS principles as our preference there may be the occasion where punitive consequents are imposed.
While Pastoral Care is the responsibility of all staff, the direction of Pastoral Care is overseen by the Pastoral Care team. The Pastoral Care team is led by the Assistant Principal (Pastoral Care) and comprises the Assistant Principal-Curriculum, the six Student Coordinators, the Learning Support Coordinator, the Careers Coordinator, the two Pastoral Workers and two Clinical Psychologists. The team meets fortnightly to discuss overall pastoral programs, specific student programs and student needs. A number of Support Personnel are also employed to support the needs of students.
Pastoral Care & Support Team
Pastoral Care Worker - Maree Holmgreen
Primary Coordinator –Vicki Gould (Acting)
Secondary Coordinator –Katie Philpott (Acting)
Case Managers - Primary and Secondary teaching staff.
Primary and Secondary Coordinator
St Dominic’s has two coordinators who work to support the needs of students. The coordinators are each responsible for the day to day management of primary or secondary staff and students.
St Dominic’s believes in treating each individual with respect and dignity, thus supporting all to reach their full potential. St Dominic’s has a Pastoral Care Worker available two days per week.
St Dominic’s Centre has the services of a Psychologist one day a week. As a member of the Wellbeing and Pastoral Care Team, the Psychologist consults with students who have been recommended by the team. Support from our psychologist is confidential however, mandatory reporting requirements apply. The cost of the service is met by the Catholic Schools Office.
Parents are encouraged to, in the first instance, contact their child's case manager to discuss particular needs or concerns. The case manager can assist with supports such as an appointment with the psychologist or Pastoral Care Worker, interventions such as Zones of Regulation training or other such support. Case Managers are your child's teachers as they are the ones who will know your child best.