We commit to providing safe and supportive environments which nurture the wellbeing of all students and staff in our community, and hold firmly to the belief that they have a right to be safe, respected and valued in an inclusive environment. We know that when students are happy, they are more engaged with their learning.

Schools benefit from wellbeing initiatives and pastoral care support through Sydney Catholic Schools – in areas such as anti-bullying, positive behaviour, student counselling, refugee support and child protection – which range from universal support for all students, to targeted interventions for students with complex social and emotional needs.

At De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah, the guiding principles and the vision statement of our system of schools, highlight the need to provide a safe and supportive environment for students. As Lasallians and as part of a system of schools that proudly declares a special consideration for each individual and the development of the whole person, we are bound to provide for this.

Our pastoral care policy provides a tangible link between contemporary society and the messages of the Gospel. It encourages the development of Christian values and, in doing so, adds to the personal and moral development of our students.

The College Pastoral Care Policy aims to:

  • Support the shared responsibility of all members of the community in the care for all;
  • Develop a sense of judgement, moral and social responsibility, and self-discipline;
  • Encourage the involvement of students and parents;
  • Motivate personal achievement, dignity, self esteem, and happiness of individuals;
  • Create a sense of belonging, of pride, and an environment of justice; and
  • Create a solution-based (proactive) rather than problem-based (reactive) ethos.

Pastoral care at De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah is organised through:

  • A structured program of positive reinforcement with rewards, recognition, and esteem-building.
  • A management system that supports self-development and avoids belittling students
  • A support network of Pastoral Leaders, Homeroom teachers, College Counsellor and the College Leadership Team.
  • Orientation programmes for new staff, new students, and parents.
  • The involvement of local clergy.
  • Student participation in organised activities, community service, and charity.
  • Regular pastoral assemblies and year meetings.
  • Parental involvement through social events, information evenings, newsletters, interim reports, school functions and parent / teacher nights.
  • The spiritual development of staff, students and parents.
  • The ongoing review of all aspects of student care built into our strategic development plans.
  • Regular Pastoral Leader meetings to agenda student issues chaired by the Assistant Principal.
  • Raising of significant student issues, both positive and negative, at staff meetings.
  • Public recognition of student achievements in assemblies, newsletters and yearbook.
  • Recording of misdemeanours (demerits) & good effort (merits) in Compass, with regular checks by Homeroom Teachers and Pastoral Leaders.
  • Regular updating of student diaries to improve their usefulness and effectiveness.
  • Discretionary involvement of outside agencies;
    • The ‘Star Team’ for “at-risk” students.
    • Specialist facilitator for conferencing of difficult student behaviours.

The college has a full-time school psychologist / counsellor who works in collaboration with the pastoral care team. The team includes a support network of the Homeroom Teachers, Pastoral Leaders and the College Leadership Team. Their main role is to work together to support students with academic, emotional or behavioural needs or concerns that impact upon their wellbeing, and therefore their learning at the college.

Referrals can be made from within the staff pastoral network, from parents or from the students themselves.

Anti-bullying policy

Sydney Catholic Schools rejects all forms of bullying behaviours, including online (or cyber) bullying, by maintaining a commitment to providing safe, inclusive and respectful learning communities that promote student wellbeing for learning. Staff at Sydney Catholic Schools are committed to employing wellbeing strategies that allow for a healthy school environment where bullying is less likely to occur.

If your child is experiencing bullying of any kind, or you have a wellbeing concern, we have a number of support services available for parents/carers and students, as listed below.

Support services: