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Social Care Program

All students have the right to be safe and cared for within St Mark’s to not only maximise their learning but to assist them to become socially and emotionally well balanced young people.

To assist in reaching this goal, St Mark’s has an extensive ‘Care Program’ which is coordinated by the Religious Pastoral Support Worker. This person plays a pivotal role in being there for students and families as they experience the ups and downs of life. In addition, the Religious Pastoral Support Worker oversees the Class Carer Program which sees selected parents supporting students, parents and the teacher of individual classes.

One important role of the Religious Pastoral Support Worker is to run the ‘Seasons for Growth’ program which is aimed at helping students who have experienced grief. Students, their families and staff can access support from the Community Carer by contacting the school.

The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations contribute funding towards this program under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. Members of the school community participate in the programs facilitated by our Religious Pastoral Support Worker on a voluntary basis. The role of the Religious Pastoral Support Worker is highly valued as reflected by our annual survey.

The Social Care Program extends to the Behaviour Education Policy and associated procedures. At St Mark’s, we strongly believe that poor behaviour needs to be identified and dealt with appropriately. Our behaviour management philosophy is based on forgiveness and restoring relationships through processes clearly outlined to students and parents. We use ‘Restorative Practices’ as a core resource when working within the parameters of Behaviour Education.

Bullying, whether it be physical, emotional or cyber-bullying is not acceptable and consequences are enacted at a level befitting the bullying.

37 Hampden Road, Mount Barker, South Australia, 5251
Ph: +61 8 8391 0444 | Fax: +61 8 8398 3505 | contact@stmarks.sa.edu.au