The Pastoral Care guidelines and programmes at the School not only reflect current educational and psychological research, but also the well-identified characteristics of good parenting, providing both care and discipline. An effective Pastoral system requires unconditional positive regard for all individuals, together with the establishment of fair limits and logical consequences for negative behaviours. The grace of God working in the lives of those in the School community, coupled with the wide range of experiences and the caring and nurturing environment provided by the School, helps to develop faith in God, self-confidence and resilience.
> to provide the best standard of care and guidance of boys so that each boy will be able
> to grow in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man, in order that he may
> become a responsible, contributing member of society.
> to encourage boys to serve God and man.
> to guide boys to an awareness of themselves as human creatures under God.
> to encourage boys to value their own self-worth and that of others.
> to develop skills that enhance the emotional resilience and interpersonal competence of students and staff.
> to encourage students to be self-disciplined and responsible citizens of the School and
> to reduce the incidence of inappropriate behaviour.
> to give boys an understanding of the Gospel (through House Chapel Services, Christian Studies classes and the role models provided by staff) so that they can make a personal judgment in matters of faith and subsequently come to maturity of faith in the Christ of the Bible.
> to teach Christian values.
> to appraise every pupil regularly and to identify and seek to meet his spiritual, intellectual, social and physical needs.
> to promote and teach an understanding and tolerance of self and others.
> to teach the principles of rights, responsibilities and the relationship between rights and responsibilities.
> to promote a code of behaviour in which rights and responsibilities are respected.
> to clarify behavioural expectations and promote self-discipline.
> to recognise individual needs, skills and stages of development.
> to provide a school culture in which boys and young men are supported in a co-operative, harmonious and safe environment.
> to provide recognition for positive behaviour.
> to provide logical and natural consequences for inappropriate behaviour.
> to provide the opportunity for every boy to be known by at least one member of staff.
> to provide an effective early warning system in cases where special help may be required.
> to encourage boys to be involved in service in every facet of life, including their School, family, church and community.
We strive to make effective provision for the personal guidance of each boy. The class teacher (Pre-K to Year 6 Preparatory and K to Year 6 Junior School boys) and the Middle School Housemaster, Housemaster and Tutors (in the case of secondary boys) have a crucial part to play in this. They acquire as much knowledge as they can about the boy in their charge; about his parents and his family, his mental capacity and attitudes, his ability at games, his habits, hobbies and interests, his hopes and fears. They act as a boy’s adviser and mentor. They build up a record concerning each boy that contains all relevant details concerning work, sport, social adjustment and so on. They interview each boy regularly about his progress and aptitudes.