Pastoral Care is a uniquely Christian concept, anchored in the metaphor that describes God's relationship to us. ‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want’ Psalm 23:1. Here the heart of Pastoral Care is revealed in the capacity to meet and sustain a person at their place of individual need and desire. Shepherds lead, nurture and protect.
This understanding is enriched in the gospel story of the Shepherd of a hundred sheep who notices one missing, and searches until that one is restored to the flock. This reveals the real challenge of pastoral care, which is to identify individual needs in the context of the many and provide that which is required to successfully establish each person in a vital relationship with the community.
It has been a particular emphasis of Swan Christian College to work diligently to provide a safe and nurturing community that encourages students to respect themselves and others. We understand that the ability to respond to an individual’s educational, social and emotional need should never be lost amongst the press of the ninety-nine. The goal of pastoral care is to provide the framework and encouragement that enables students to recognise and use their abilities with compassion, character and confidence in their community.