Pastoral Care


At St. Anne’s governors and staff have devised pastoral care structures that are discussed and based upon a shared understanding of what it means to be a Catholic school.  The agreed principles which underpin the pastoral care programme.  These include recognition that:


ü        Each person is a unique person of God and worthy of respect.

ü        Pastoral care is for all in the school and not just for those with particular problems

ü        Each member of the school community – pupil, teacher, parent, classroom assistant, secretary, caretaker, canteen lady, and chaplain – has the responsibility for the caring life of the school.

ü        Pastoral care permeates the whole life of the school, including the curriculum and is not confined to set periods.

ü        Pastoral care is not imposed but is a loving response to discerned needs.

ü        It avails of the support and expertise provided by statutory and voluntary bodies in the wider community.

ü        Appropriate resources and training are essential to implement any pastoral care programme within the school.


Our system of pastoral care includes the school’s discipline policy and a merit system where each child strives to reach his/her potential.  It reflects a sense of justice and forgiveness and respect for the needs and rights of pupils, parents, teachers and all other staff.  It requires the promotion and practice of positive behaviour by all members of the school community.


Promotion of Good Behaviour


Good discipline is important if schools are to be able to function properly.  St. Anne’s is well known for the high standard of behaviour of its pupils and this can be attributed in no small measure to the support of parents.  We usually avoid discipline problems by valuing pupils’ achievements, giving encouragement and praise for effort and developing good self-esteem among our pupils.  We have merit and reward systems where all children are praised for the good they do.  Awards are gained for hard work and good behaviour so as to impress upon the pupils that their best efforts are valued.


These include:-

ü        Pupils of the month – behaviour

ü        Writer of the month

ü        Maths Wizard of the month.


Respect and care will be shown for each child by:

ü        Teachers

ü        Classroom Assistants

ü        Supervisory Assistants


Respect is expected from children for all adults and other children in the classroom and outside and this is promoted throughout school life.


Rights Respecting Schools Award


             St.Anne’s Primary School is uniting with UNICEF to teach children about their rights and how to relate them to their own lives and experiences.

             St.Anne’s Primary School has introduced the Rights Respecting Schools Standard. ”This is evident in Rights Respecting Schools‘ values being embedded into our school planning, classroom charters , assemblies , class and school displays and the general school ethos. Pupils have taken action on local, national and global issues to support the rights of others..” says Vice-Principal Mrs Siobhan Gillen. ”And high status and adequate time is given to the Pupil voice in the School Council.”


           UNICEF was founded to help all children survive and thrive.

Children can improve the quality of their own and their families’ lives by learning what their rights and responsibilities are. If every child is to enjoy their rights then each needs to learn to respect each other’s rights. UNCRC is connected to the Revised curriculum in World Around Us and Personal Development and Mutual Understanding.


           Twenty years ago, the world promised a better life for every child when it adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. UNICEF continually strives to achieve this aim.


          The UNICEF “Rights Respecting Schools Award” scheme provides schools with a framework of benchmarks which fit closely with the “Every Child Matters” key outcomes, the National Healthy Schools standards and Assessment for Learning.


The benefits of a Rights Respecting School cover five key areas:

Promoting pupils’ self esteem and self-confidence

Supporting pupils’ moral, social and cultural development.

Promoting positive relationships and behaviour

Developing effective global citizens

Overall school improvement, including improving academic standards



St. Anne’s Primary School

“Rights Respecting” Charter

Every child has the right to a primary education that develops their personality and talents to the full.

Article 28,29

Adults are to provide a curriculum that empowers learners to be the best that they can be.

Children are to work hard and be the best that they can.

Every child has the right to be protected from harm

Article 36,19

Every adult is to protect children through being vigilant and maintaining an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for everyone.

Every child is to be kind and gentle to others and to keep themselves safe.

Every child has the right to be listened to.

Article 12

Every adult is to be an active listener and to ensure that children have the skills and opportunity to be heard.

Every child is to listen to others and join in.

Every child who does something wrong has the right to receive help.

Article 40

Every adult is to treat children with fairness and equity and to support them to resolve problems and repair relationships.

Every child is to be honest and to accept the consequences of their choices.

Every child has the right to a clean environment and nutritious food.

Article 24

Every adult is to provide a learning environment that inspires pride and promotes independence.

Every child is to treat the environment carefully and to tidy up.

We are all born free and equal.

Article 1 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Every person is to respect and cooperate with others.

St Annes Primary School

St Annes Primary School 
Upper Nassau Street, Derry City BT48 0EY Co.Londonderry

Telephone:     028 71263046
FAX:              028 71374227