St Henry’s Marist College launched a Pastoral Care Programme (PCP) at the beginning of the year for their high school pupils.
Every child was allocated to a group (mixed grades) with a teacher to facilitate the PCP sessions which are held during the first lesson of every Monday.
“The programme reinforces the need to maintain effective learning environments that comprise a variety of support systems that take into consideration the unique needs of each pupil,” explained Barbara Munsami, the PCP co-ordinator.
The Pastoral Care Programme allows pupils to tackle problems and concerns by networking with peers to help them grow academically, build healthy relationships and develop key social and emotional skills under the supportive guidance of a PCP teacher.
In addition, guest speakers are invited to talk to the groups on relevant issues that teenagers face.
“The bonds of trust among pupils and between pupils and teachers continue to be strengthened by each teacher’s individual approach to the programme. Whether it is over a cup of coffee from the school tuck shop, shared sweets and cakes in the classroom, Ted talks, discussions or team building activities on campus, Monday mornings bring with it a sense of mutual respect and acceptance,” added Munsami.
Stephen Leech, the St Henry’s Marist College principal, thanked staff and school management for their time, effort and support in making the project such a success.
“Our team’s support of the programme is truly inspiring. Our pupils are being nurtured, supported and equipped with the necessary skills to adequately handle various life challenges,” said Leech.