Pastoral Care Team:
Director of Pastoral Care
In the Junior School at TIGS one of our main aims is to get to know each child individually; their skills, talents, strengths and challenges not only in the academic area but also within the social and emotional areas. It is extremely important to us that we know and care for each child that comes through our doors.
To help us in our endeavour to know each child, we nurture and encourage strong relationships between school and home. We develop parent partnerships with the School through a variety of programs, which enable parents and care givers to establish a connection to the School and in many areas of their child’s school life.
Through our discipline program using ‘Restorative Justice’ we aim to not only keep our students safe, in the classroom and playground, but to help restore and re-build relationships that have been damaged by conflict or misunderstandings. We teach our children the value of having empathy with those we have wronged, thereby living out our philosophy ‘treat others how you would like to be treated yourself.’
Our anti-bullying policy has its foundations firmly embedded in the ‘Choose Respect’ program, which helps us, as a whole school community, to provide a safe and supportive environment for all our members. We explicitly foster a culture of respect by encouraging all who learn and work at TIGS to ‘Choose Respect’ by making a conscious effort to treat others with respect no matter how they treat you, treat yourself with respect, forgive others who do not treat you with respect, resist your natural desire to pay back or take revenge, to apologise when you don’t treat others with respect, support others who are not being treated with respect and to ask for support when others do not treat you with respect.
All members of our school community, students and staff alike, need to feel that TIGS is a safe place where we care about each other, where needs are met, and where we will be able to get help to work out problems. Having these needs met gives us all a sense of belonging.