Faith Lutheran College, Plainland has been established with the clear directive that pastoral care be a very important and conspicuous element within all the day to day activities of the school.
Pastoral Care - What Does It Mean?
Pastoral Care means that the College and its staff:
- Accept students as individuals in God's kingdom.
- Forgive and demonstrate forgiveness.
- Demonstrate Christian love in all its attributes, to the students
- Take personal interest in the welfare of each individual student and in all aspects of their development.
- Give praise, support and encouragement to others.
- Apply equity and justice to all.
- Listen to and provide guidance, advice and counselling to students.
- Condemn unacceptable conduct, but do not condemn the student
The Aim of Pastoral Care is to :
- Demonstrate God's love in both word and action
- Help students to see themselves in relationship to God
- as sinners, though constantly in rebellion against him, whom God in his love, forgives for Christ’s sake
- as saints, whom God accepts, acknowledges, encourages, and strengthens
- Help students to accept and acknowledge their place and importance in God’s world
- Demonstrate to students that the school and the staff do care about them and about their development, their progress and their welfare
- Demonstrate to students that there is somebody at the College in whom they can confide and share their problems and concerns
- Help students restore broken relationships (with God, with their parents, with their teachers, with fellow students, with others).
- Help students develop self-discipline, respect for others, and awareness of the rights and needs of others in the community.
- Help and encourage students to recognise and to change unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour.
- Help students recognise that they too have a responsibility for the pastoral care of others within the community.
- Help students develop a spirit of community, loyalty, and commitment to each other and to the school.
- Help students to accept and cope with the difficulties of adolescence
- Guide students through their secondary education in order to help them become people of integrity, who can make a useful and worthwhile contribution to society as respected citizens.