Our School - Welfare Policy

The Assumption School Policy of Welfare and Pastoral Care operates within the school community through a system of relationships, rewards and consequences. Corporal punishment is not permitted and the school has a strong and definite policy of action against bullying.

The policy is designed to progressively develop self-discipline within each child in our Catholic environment and so to prepare the child for life outside school as a responsible Christian citizen.

As criteria for behaviour the school has a set of rules to be administered consistently by all staff. These rules are developed through the co-operative efforts of the school community, within the framework of the law. They are designed to foster in each child an active participation in the Christian way of life as projected by the Gospel.

In the context of the Policy of Welfare and Pastoral Care, the roles of the Principal, the Teachers, the Parish Priest, the School Captains and the Vice Captains are mutually supportive to the smooth organisation of the school.

In Relation to Pastoral Care:

  • the role of the Principal can be perceived as one of leader, counsellor, establisher of discipline and liaison person; 
  • the role of the teacher is to provide a Christian example and a Christian atmosphere in interaction with the students. By being aware of the students and their needs as individuals, we aim to encourage children to develop positive attitudes about themselves, their work and others, thereby leading them towards self-discipline; 
  • the role of Parish Priest is to relate spiritually and personally to the school community. He also takes an active part in the administration of the school, as consultant and objective advisor; 
  • the role of the student is to be involved in decision-making processes through the election of School Captains and Vice Captains, who take responsibility for specific areas, and also through the processes of the School Student Council.

We recognise that the self-discipline is a life-long goal and that all children are at different stages of development. However, during their Infants and Primary schooling we anticipate they would

  1. learn to accept responsibility and display initiative;
  2. show respect for persons and property;
  3. co-operate and care for one another.

This will be achieved:

  • through the provision of a calm, ordered and happy atmosphere;
  • by careful supervision;
  • by showing patience, care and concern for others;
  • through discussion with parents about those matters relating to discipline and pastoral care;
  • by providing a safe, secure learning environment with a zero tolerance of bullying.