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St. Pius X High School

Pastoral Care

St Pius X High School (SPX) endeavours to provide for each member of the community – students, parents, staff and clergy – the experience of high quality interpersonal relationships of care and support.  Such relationships have a significant positive affect on each person’s sense of self-worth, belonging and well-being.  Each member of the community participates to some degree in pastoral care, just as each is a recipient of pastoral care.  The Pastoral Care Policy at SPX provides a framework within which the total care and support of all members of the school community may be achieved.  The House System (explained in detail on this website) is essential to the successful implementation of the Pastoral Care Policy.
Good pastoral care is a key determinant of successful learning.  The key to good teaching and learning in any school is the learning environment, and the quality of this environment is significantly determined by the human relationships within the school.
Good pastoral care is essential for fostering student self-discipline and responsibility.  Pastoral care should help students to recognize that their fundamental freedoms and rights are reciprocated by responsibilities.  The Discipline Policy at SPX evolves from the Pastoral Care Policy insofar as each seeks to promote a respectful, secure and healthy environment in which students grow to be discerning, self-disciplined and contributing members of society.
Occasionally, behaviours are exhibited that are disruptive to the teaching and learning process, show disregard for the School code of discipline and conduct, and/or threaten the safety of members of the School community.  Such behaviour has consequences that affect the student, other students, their families, staff or the School itself.  The Pastoral Care Policy guides the School’s response to such behaviour.  The rights, welfare and well-being of all members of the School community are respected, while at the same time any damage done to relationships within the community is repaired.  The Restorative Justice Policy plays a major role in such cases.
Students at St Pius are expected to:
  • behave towards, speak to and treat one another in respectful ways;
  • understand that everyone is different and respect those differences;
  • look out for one another and offer support when others need it.
The first dot point above includes adhering to our "Hands-off" rule, whereby students are expected to keep their hands to themselves. 
Students have to decide how to behave, but need some guidance.  The rights of students who want to learn and the rights of teachers, who are trying to teach, are paramount.  Students who "do the right thing" will be rewarded under the school's commendation scheme while students who choose to place themselves outside school policy will face consequences which hopefully will lead to improved behaviour.
It is our hope that all students will embrace the school’s expectations and develop a positive attitude towards learning and relating to others in the school community. We expect that students will grow in self-discipline and learn the importance of assuming responsibility for their own actions.
Pastoral Care Worker
The following are the details of the NSCSWP funded Pastoral Care Worker service available at St Pius.
Funding Recipient DEEWR ID and Name:
29264 - Trustees of the The Roman Catholic Church for the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle
Funding Recipient State:
1953 - St Pius X High School
Funding Agreement ID:
Project Name:
46302 - NSCSWP St Pius X High School 1953
Total Funded Hours:
Reporting Period:
1 January 2012 - 31 December 2012
Last day to lodge:
31 March 2013
Our Pastoral Care Worker is Mrs Bronwyn Melville.
Bronwyn works closely with the House Coordinator Team and the School Counsellor to support the pastoral care and well-being of students and staff at St Pius.  Details of how to make an appointment with Bronwyn can be obtained by phoning the school on 02 49 571 032.  For the remainder of 2013 Bronwyn will be working three days per week - Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.