Thurles CBS is committed to the ongoing development of the Pastoral Care of all students in the school. Pastoral Care integrates the academic, social, personal and religious dimensions of the school’s educational endeavours.
Pastoral Care helps to provide an orderly atmosphere and firm framework which will allow the students to get maximum benefit from their schooling and prepare them realistically for life as adults. It is the caring response of the members of the school community towards each other.
It seeks to:
- help pupils with decision making
- prepare them for educational choices
- enhance their personal lives.
- encourage respect for person and property
- support the- subject teacher
We plan for this caring approach by assigning a class tutor to each class group and a year tutor to each year group.
The Class Tutor develops a special relationship with the class so that the class respects him or her as someone with whom they may discuss difficulties or problems and who exercises authority in a fair and just manner. He/she will monitor the educational progress of each student and motivate the class to achieve the highest possible standard and maintain contact with parents on these matters. The Pastoral Care class takes place on Tuesday mornings.
The Year Head provides the administrative support necessary to ensure that the pastoral care structure functions effectively. He/she co-ordinates the caring structure by meeting subject and class teachers regularly to discuss and evaluate the student’s development. He/she meets individual students and classes regularly and encourages a high standard of work and behaviour. He/She conducts regular assemblies of the year group. He/She maintains contact with parents.
The Principal and Deputy-Principal give witness to our Pastoral Care structure by supporting students and staff in developing the school community. Our school ethos firmly recognises the importance of the student’s self esteem and dignity and the impact of this on their development. We place great emphasis on encouraging all of our community to express care and concern for both self and other persons.
The students also benefit from the specialist skills of Guidance Counsellor, a Chaplain and Learning Support Teachers.