Ryan Matulick, Pastoral Care Worker

The Pastoral Care Worker has three main roles:

1. A Pastoral Role

The Pastoral Care Worker will:

  • participate in a wide range of school community activities, and support staff, to contribute to creating a caring and inclusive learning environment within the school.
  • on request, provide initial care or information to students, staff and other
    school community members.
  • with written, informed parental consent, provide on-going personal assistance to individual students, subject to duty of care, consent, confidentiality and disclosure requirements and the Code of Conduct.
  • offer care or information with regard to critical situations, grief, family breakdown.
  • be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families.
  • provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported.

2. A Referral Role

The Pastoral Care Worker will:

  • provide factual and impartial information about, network with, and be a link to, the support and services provided through community groups, including church groups, local council and government agencies.
  • consult and liaise with student counsellors and other staff about student safety, wellbeing or learning while maintaining appropriate confidentiality, and referring students to other staff as required.
  • be a mandated notifier, and thus be required to report any suspected abuse or neglect to Families S.A.

3. A Resource Role

The Pastoral Care Worker will:

  • provide a reference point for addressing social, religious or spiritual issues.
  • provide access to resources from the broader community which are relevant to school programs.
  • be available to give input into health and social education courses (e.g. in the areas of grief, self-esteem, values or relationships).
  • be available to give assistance with camps and excursions, and, where appropriate, initiate activities such as voluntary clubs or groups in the school.
  • support groups such as the Student Representative Council and the Peer Support Program.
  • if required, assist the Principal to liaise with the local church community and the school for the provision of optional ‘Religious Education Seminars’ in school time.