Cura Personalis – care of the whole person – is at the root of our system of pastoral care and all of our structures and procedures aim to achieve this. We believe every child is talented and has a God given purpose; our job as a school is to help unlock that every person’s vocation so that they will go on to be responsible, fulfilled adults working to make the world a better place.
The Playroom system, led by a key pastoral member of staff and managed by the Deputy Head (Pastoral), keeps children in their peer groups for all of the academic, social, sporting and spiritual events in their lives and the class teachers and tutors monitor each pupil individually. We have assessment and tracking in place which means we can see the academic progress of any child year on year at a glance and we are therefore quick to detect any problems.
Playrooms are physical spaces as well as a system of pastoral care. At SMH there are 4: Prep (Yrs 3 & 4), Elements (Yrs 5 & 6). Figures (Year 7) and Rudiments (Year 8). The Playrooms continue into the College. Each room is a dedicated supervised space with age appropriate leisure activities (table tennis, pool etc) and storage facilities. The children love their Playrooms and it is where they go for all leisure activties.
Children in the lower part of the school are issued with a Line Card – there being 4 Lines. On this can be recorded “credits” and “debits” for individual acts of good and bad behaviour and individual and whole Line credit scores are checked regularly. This information is also recorded digitally so that at any time we have information on types of behaviour and areas of concern. Pupils in Figures and Rudiments are allocated a tutor who monitors both pastoral and academic progress. Pupils will meet with their tutor twice a week. We always involve parents if we have serious concerns.
Above all our care is centred on individual interaction with the children. Staff pupil relationships are friendly but appropriate and school rules are strictly expected. This is supported by a vigorous programme of PHSE and assemblies with age appropriate advice and information on the issues that face young people in their day to day lives – such as bullying, setting targets, healthy eating, e-safety and so forth.
We run our own registered charity, Children for Children which raises funds and shares cultural links with St Paul’s Musami in Zimbabwe. Children are actively encouraged to give and to share their talents and we support a host of other charities in all sorts of creative ventures.
Responsible pupils are awarded with prizes at regular intervals and senior pupils aspire to be on the School Committee in which they can provide valuable assistance in the running of the school.