A Message about Pastoral Care
St John’s Lutheran School has the vision that we have been brought together by God’s love in this time and place to learn, grow, serve, worship, and to care for one another. We see our vocation as that of serving God and serving God’s children.
At St John’s Lutheran School we believe each child is a unique and special person created in God’s image. It is a privilege to partner with parents and families as we walk with our students on this stage of their life’s journey—which emphasizes growth spiritually, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially.
The family is the centre of spiritual and religious instruction. Parents are the primary ‘pastors’ for their children. The mission of St John’s Lutheran School is to support parents and families in their role. Religious education and pastoral care is woven into every aspect of life at the School. We are distinctly Lutheran in our identity. This is reflected in our teaching, worship, and lifestyle. Our Lutheran heritage is reflected in our emphasis always on God’s love, God’s free grace, and God’s ongoing care and presence in our lives. Our students reflect a diversity of religious traditions.
The Pastoral Carer’s role is to lead and support the School community as we provide Christ-like care for one another. Each student and parent can expect to be valued, listened to, and cared for at St John’s Lutheran School. We aim to provide an environment that is safe and welcoming to all.
The Student Wellbeing Coordinator is available to students and parents to:
- Counsel with students and parents;
- Support teachers and staff as they care for the unique needs of every student and family;
- Extend care to families during times of crisis or trauma.
Learning self-responsibility & self-care
It is our belief that God creates each person with unique gifts and talents. Each person has a valuable contribution to make for the good of all. God loves each person. Ultimately our goal is for each student to realise both their value and the responsibility they must take in their own lives and learning.
However, none of us is perfect, and when mistakes are made consequences must be faced. For students, this correction is firm yet caring, with the aim of developing self discipline which is intrinsically motivated. An errant student will be given guidance and be reminded of the school rules. Inappropriate actions are dealt with and consequences given, whilst all students are loved and forgiven.
STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT TO CHILD SAFETY
Geelong Lutheran College is committed to being a Child Safe organisation. Geelong Lutheran College has a zero tolerance for child abuse and is committed to acting in children’s best interests and in keeping them safe from harm. Geelong Lutheran College regards its child protection responsibilities with the utmost importance and as such, is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure compliance with all relevant child protection laws and regulations and maintain a child safe culture.
Our Policy Statement regarding Child Safety:SJLS Child Protection Policies (S)