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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care & Education for Social Justice

PASTORAL CARE 

I ask you for a new system, a new method inspired in love.  St Pedro Poveda 

Rooted in our Christian and Povedan identity, pastoral care promotes the integral development of all members of the school community that is marked by freedom, respect, warmth, joy, simplicity, active participation and a sense of belonging. 

Staff, families and students promote a safe and supportive environment where students themselves are fully involved in the process of their own learning. Class tutors play a significant role in animating school life and encouraging commitment to justice and human rights. 

THE CARE TEAM 

Pastoral care is coordinated by the Principal, Deputy Principal, Career Guidance, Students Office and the Pastoral Care Officer. This team promotes and addresses academic progress and challenges, the physical, social, emotional and spiritual well-being of each student and all members of the school community. 

EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE 

We must all cooperate. Each person has a place, a duty, a responsibility. St Pedro Poveda 

Compassion, caring attention and commitment to others are learned and experienced in volunteer activities, international solidarity projects and caring for the environment. This is another dimension where students can develop their sense of self, of purpose and learn that they can make a difference and engage constructively with those around them. 

Well-grounded in their own identity, in these activities students can experience and reflect on plurality, respect and celebrate diversity and value intercultural and interfaith dialogue. A deep and inclusive sense of community and work for the common good are fostered. 

AIM FOR THE YEAR 

The aim for each school year marks the life of the school and serves as a theme in the life of the school:  atmosphere, campaigns, celebrations, daily class work, experiences of faith and solidarity. It is to be embraced, reaffirmed, adopted and encouraged in everyday living during the year.   

PASTORAL CARE OFFICER 

Within the school’s holistic approach, the Pastoral Care Officer’s role includes  

  • Special responsibility for communicating knowledge and enhancing celebration of the Teresian School identity, history and Christian ethos among staff, students and parents. 
  • Activities and liturgical celebrations that raise awareness and commitment to the vision-mission of the Teresian Association (TA), including ecumenical and interfaith services
  • Creating opportunities for inter-school link-ups with other TA Education centres around the world.
  • Enabling students and staff to connect with TA socio-educational projects and international TA projects.
  • Promoting student awareness of pressing development and social issues (migration, sustainable living, intercultural and interreligious dialogue) as integral life skills, solidarity and inclusion, in keeping with the international outlook of the school.
  • Meeting students, providing a listening space 
  • Being available to all, whether for support in daily challenges or for spiritual concerns, relating to any faith or none.