At Stella Maris Catholic Primary School, we assist students to work towards their full potential spiritually, physically, socially, intellectually and emotionally.
Pastoral Care is based on a deep respect for the dignity and uniqueness of the individual person as we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). By providing a strong sense of wellbeing and belonging, students, parents and staff of our school community are affirmed in their dignity and worth.
Pastoral care at Stella Maris is based on the ideals of a Christian community.
Pastoral care is love in action and is founded upon:
Student wellbeing is of the utmost importance at Stella Maris. We are eager to ensure that all our students enjoy a healthy mind, body and spirit, and we integrate a number of programs to support this.
Counselling for students and their families is also available from CatholicCare. A school counsellor visits the school regularly for individual sessions as well as advising and supporting staff on appropriate programs for small groups and classes. Read more about the school counselling available to students.
If a staff member or parent feels that counselling may help a student, they need to discuss this with the principal who may discuss this with the counsellor and/or parent and arrange the appropriate permission forms and questionnaires to be completed by parents and staff.
Living as an authentically Catholic community, we strive to be welcoming, inclusive and compassionate to all. In addition to the wellbeing of students at Stella Maris, the pastoral care and wellbeing of our parents and families is important to us and gives witness to our Catholic faith in action.
When families are in need of extra assistance, whether financial, emotional or otherwise, the school is here to provide support to families in a variety of ways while maintaining confidentiality and dignity.
Families are encouraged to speak with the principal or a member of the school leadership team if they feel they need support of any kind.