At St. Thomas’ we provide support in many ways including Pastoral Care and Circle Time. Children enjoy coming to school and have a respect for their teachers and parents. Teachers are genuinely happy at our school and work and plan outside of school hours to ensure each child has success at school.
This leads us to be truly concerned for the well-being and development of each person and makes the school a happy and safe environment for each. It facilitates children’s specific needs while emphasising the Christian values of self-esteem, respect for self and others and self-discipline. A well established Pastoral Care Committee operates within the school.
‘Circle Time’ is a term used by teachers to describe a time when the whole class meets together, sitting in a circle, either on the floor or on chairs. But it isn’t as simple as that. It’s a carefully planned time in which children can develop a wide range of skills and attitudes such as confidence, self-esteem, talking and listening.
It’s particularly useful for:
- developing trust
- helping a class to ‘gel’
- working on problems such as bullying
- developing children’s awareness of their responsiblities towards others and towards themselves
- exploring new ideas
- developing moral values
- helping children to feel they ‘belong’
- making children feel special
- having fun
Circle Time aims to promote well-being for all students. This includes healthy relationships, resilience in the face of adversity and responsible behaviour. Circle Time gives young people a safe space to consider the diverse social and emotional issues that impact on their lives.
All classes follow a discipline policy which incorporates a set of class rules, consequences and rewards. All teachers aim to be fair and consistent in the attempt to create an environment which enhances learning and fosters a feeling of well-being for all class members. This is based on the belief that all children have the right to learn and all teachers have the right to teach with minimum disruption. Discipline is aimed at being relational rather than punitive. Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. Consequences of unacceptable behaviour are aimed at suiting breach of rule. Parents/guardians will be informed of these rules and teachers ask that you support them in the enforcement of the discipline policy.
This is done very diligently by all teachers from arrival to departure of children and is an expression of our pastoral care and discipline. The playground is supervised from 8.30 a.m. and children are not allowed to be at school before this time. The bus bay and children’s crossing in Raglan Street and the front of the school are supervised by teachers after school. Children must be collected by 3.30pm