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Outreach/Pastoral Care – Prep

Pastoral Care

“We are living in a hurting and damaged world. Pastoral Care is about healing the hurt and repairing the damage when and where we can. 

Pastoral care is the how of what we say and do.  It is how we greet one another in the mornings.

It is how we manage our classrooms and how we conduct parent interviews.  It is how children relate to one another and how they relate to their teacher.

It is how we implement our Vision to educate holistically. As educators, we need to educate the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social and physical dimensions of ourselves and those in our care, in order that we become balanced, happy, integrated people of God, capable of loving others.”

“Veritas College is a learning community that strives to live the message of Jesus as both a support and challenge to its members’ all-round growth: growth in their humanity, in their gifts, their awareness and care, their ability to achieve, and their commitment to contribute.” (Brother Michael Burke)

 

Our Religious Education Programme which encompasses Pastoral Care and Outreach offers pupils the opportunity to grow in their humanity by being actively involved in:

  • A well-structured R.E. Curriculum based on the ’Fostering Hope’ Policy for Religious Education, in S.A. Catholic Schools. A policy which is relevant to all yet sensitive to learners and their relationship to their faith and their religious communities.
  • A weekly Assembly Programme whereby all classes take turns to present a short liturgical reading or dramatization. These performances are thoroughly enjoyed by learners/teachers and parents and always give the message of how to bring the principles of justice, peace, equality, acceptance, unity, truth and God’s enduring love for all His people.
  • Our Life Orientation Programme extends itself to dealing with aspects such as Bullying and HIV/AIDS.
  • Major Liturgical Feasts and other significant days which are celebrated through liturgy and masses. The main feast days celebrated included :-

The Feast of St Thomas Aquinas (The Patron Saint of Veritas College);

The Feast of St Dominic;

The Feast of Blessed Edmund Rice;

The Feast of St Catherine,

The Feast of St Patrick;

The Feast of Our Lady,

Advent, Lent and the Ascension of Jesus.

 

  • All Intermediate/Senior Phase learners enjoy a Retreat Day, arranged by our College Chaplain. Here issues such as respect for self and others, personal integrity, positive and negative behaviour, relationships and team building are focused on.
  • Sacramental Preparation is an important aspect of our R.E. Programme, and under the instruction of a teacher, our pupils make their First Holy Communion each year.

 

Outreach

Pupils are given the opportunity to grow in their awareness and care and contribute their time by being actively involved in our Outreach Programme which embraces our slogan of ‘Where we learn, live, and lead with Love’ and annually support the following causes:

–           The Kwasa Pre-Primary School, an outreach programme of the St. Peter & St. Paul Anglican Church.  The children who attend the school live in the informal settlement of Vukuzenzele in Daggafontein.  Many of the parents of these children are unemployed and therefore the children rely on support from churches and schools.  Veritas learners have given generously towards this cause each Friday with their donations of fruit, fruit-juices, sandwiches and canned food.

–           St. Vincent de Paul’s Society, Springs Catholic Church.  All tinned food and charity money that learners donate for School Masses are given to the St. Vincent de Paul’s Society who distributes the food to needy families within the community.

–           The ‘Son Chasers’ Outreach Group is involved with many different projects at Vita Nova.

–           ‘67 Minutes for Mandela’ sees each class adopt a worthy project and give of their time.

–           National Sunflower Day – Pupils support the cause by wearing TOPES to school.

–           Pupils are requested, each year, to bring donations of Christmas gifts which are taken to the Sithand’Izingane Aids Orphanage.

 

We embrace the mission of the our Dominican Sister and Christian Brothers: ‘To educate young people to live fully in their world, not only with knowledge and competence but with that integrity and purpose that come from the vision and values of Jesus as they pursue and participate in the unfolding of truth (‘veritas’).

 

Son Chasers

Son Chasers simply means to run after the things of God.  It is a Christian Club that provides opportunities for learners to grow in their faith outside of the services they attend as part of the normal school week.  They meet each week on Friday from 13:30 – 14:30.

The group consists of approximately 30 learners who come to learn more about God, the Bible, and the importance of a personal relationship with God and the needs of the community.

As quoted by the group, “Son Chasers makes us feel good to help others.  It is about God and his people.  We do things like praying, reading the scriptures, listening to music and visiting various institutions.  It is a time where we come together as a family to share in God’s love and to know that we can talk about values that are uplifting to us teenagers.”