St Joseph’s seeks to provide a safe and supportive environment which:
- Minimises risk of harm and ensures students feel secure
- Supports the physical, social, academic, spiritual and emotional development of students
- Provide student welfare policies and programs that develop a sense of self worth and foster personal development
The school’s Pastoral Care Policy is based on the Bishop’s Commission Policy Pastoral Care in The Catholic Systemic Schools of the Armidale Diocese.
At St Joseph’s we run the Bounce Back Program to build resilience in students, the Peer Support Program that is directed by the trained Peer Support Teachers and implemented by the Stage 3 trained tutors. The program is organised in vertical class groups from Kindergarten to Stage 3.
The local School Liaison Officer from the Police Department visits all classrooms and discusses with the children various aspects of bullying and harassment, the importance of being honest and safety issues related to our community.
We have continued with the School Chaplaincy Program which is an initiative of the Commonwealth Government. The Chaplains support the pastoral needs of staff, students and parents. The School Chaplains share in the life of the schools and in the joys and sorrows of its members. The Chaplains are available to help those who suffer or need support in times of crisis. The school has one part time Chaplain operating.