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Caring for the Whole Child

Nazareth Catholic Primary School is a pastoral initiative of the All Saints Parish, and as such forms an integral part of the wider community serving the students and families of the parish.

Our school community consists of our parish priest, parish community, parents and students. All are called to service for the care and welfare of other members of the community.

The dignity of the human person is a central truth of the Gospel message of Jesus. In respecting the dignity of all human persons, Catholic school communities are called to ensure the welfare and safety of all its members.

The protection of the students entrusted to our care, then, is a very serious responsibility. In taking up this responsibility, Nazareth:

  • facilitates the safety of all its students;
  • has developed appropriate responses to individuals or families in crisis; and
  • works collaboratively with other agencies involved in the care and protection of children.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care at Nazareth is based on the ideals of a Christian community. 

Pastoral care is love in action and is founded upon:

  • The loving concern God has always shown for his people throughout the history of salvation;
  • The value and uniqueness of the individual person created in the image of God;
  • The fact that ‘the Catholic School is committed to the development of the whole person, since in Christ, the Perfect Man, all human values find their fulfilment and unity’ (The Catholic School, 1977, n35);
  • The recognition that the ministry of each member of the school community contributes to the development of the climate of the school;
  • The understanding that, ‘the entire effort of the Catholic teacher is oriented towards an integral formation of each student’;
  • Our Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) 'Path to Life Framework', which contains 10 pathways for schools to help focus on areas of need in pastoral care through their school review and improvement process; and
  • Our Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Student Pastoral Care and Wellbeing Policy.

Student Wellbeing

Student wellbeing is of the utmost importance at Nazareth. We are eager to ensure that all our students enjoy a healthy mind, body and spirit, and we integrate a number of programs to support this.

Counselling for students and their families is also available from CatholicCare. A school counsellor visits the school regularly for individual sessions as well as advising and supporting staff on appropriate programs for small groups and classes. Read more about the school counselling available to students.

If a staff member or parent feels that counselling may help a student, they need to discuss this with the principal who may discuss this with the counsellor and/or parent and arrange the appropriate permission forms and questionnaires to be completed by parents and staff.

Supporting Families

Living as an authentically Catholic community, we strive to be welcoming, inclusive and compassionate to all. In addition to the wellbeing of students at Nazareth, the pastoral care and wellbeing of our parents and families is important to us and gives witness to our Catholic faith in action.

When families are in need of extra assistance, whether financial, emotional or otherwise, the school is here to provide support to families in a variety of ways while maintaining confidentiality and dignity.

Families are encouraged to speak with the principal or a member of the school leadership team if they feel they need support of any kind.

Read more about our partnership with parents in the Parent-School Partnership Framework