Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to Term 2! As we move into a very full term it is important to continue our focus on learning. With this in mind we are trialling a new approach to our pastoral program. You might have noticed that we have changed the name to ‘Pastoral Academic Care’ (PAC). The reason for this is the increasing body of research that shows the need to reduce the dichotomy between academic learning and pastoral care to educate the whole person. The quote below clearly articulates this -
The concepts of pastoral care and academic care have been described as inextricably linked in that they focus on positive learning and developmental outcomes such as self efficacy, empowerment, healthy risk taking, goal setting and negotiation.
Pastoral Care in Education -Edith Cowan University
Our PAC program will focus on developing a strong culture of learning and wellbeing and build and enhance our current systems. An outline of our program is described below. PAC time runs for the first 20 minutes of each day
This is run by our Year 11 Lasallian Youth Leaders. At this briefing the Pastoral focus will be introduced and weekly events discussed
Learning Conversations and Goal Setting
Students use their diaries to set goals for the week.
Where am I going?
Where am I now?
What do I need to do to move my learning forward?
Small groups of students will have a learning conversation with their PAC teacher -
What do I need to do today to help my learning?
What feedback do I need from which teacher?
What feedback is most effective for me?
Have I checked my email account today?
What do my teachers need more of from me today?
What do I need more of from my teacher’s today?
What am I best prepared for?
What am I least prepared for?
What can I do now?
Literacy focus - Reading, Writing and Studying
Students bring a book to read for silent reading. Teachers are encouraged to also read something during this time or conduct learning conversations.
Journal - writing: students spend 10-15 minutes writing and reflecting on an interest, book, goals or how they’re feeling.
This is also a time where senior students can study through reading notes and writing notes.
Small groups of students will have a learning conversation with their PAC teacher
Diary Program - Pastoral Focus
Building positive relationships
Year Assemblies - Focus on celebrating the week
We will be trialling this program during term 2 and seeking feedback from students, parents and staff. We are encouraged by research into evidenced based practices that improve student wellbeing and resilience that this program will meet the needs of our students.
Our PAC program continues our agenda to enhance our O’Connor community, a community founded on faith and focused on learning.