Pastoral Care

The school prides itself on the quality of the pastoral care of its students, made possible by the collaborative effort of staff from many different areas of the school’s life.

While the parents/guardians are the primary carers of the students, the school is very aware of the trust placed in it by those parents/guardians who choose Glenstal Abbey for their sons. During their time here, the student is cared for by a very wide range of people. The list is long and from the Headmaster and Principal, Housemasters, Chaplains, Matron and Nurses, Guidance Counsellors and Tutors, to classroom teachers, sports and activities coaches and tutors and very many support and ancillary staff. All endeavour to ensure the safety, personal happiness and growth of each student in their care. A Pastoral Care Team meets weekly to coordinate the school’s response to the needs of particular students.

HOUSEMASTERS

The Housemaster acts in loco parentis and plays a crucial role in the life of the student. The job of the Housemaster is to have a caring, supportive role in the formation and development of each student in his care and to be attentive to the spiritual, personal and physical development of each student. Housemasters seek to encourage each student to strive for the best in himself in a disciplined and nurturing environment.

MATRON AND NURSES

The school is served by an excellent Matron and nursing team, who operate two clinics daily in the school Health Centre. The centre aims to deliver a student-centred health care service, in a safe and compassionate environment. The Nurses aim to be supportive to all, providing privacy and dignity in an environment that is safe, clean and organised. The Matron and Nurses contribute significantly to the wellbeing of all our students by offering a friendly ear to those who just need to talk, or who are homesick, as well as treating medical complaints. In particular, the Matron works closely with colleagues outside the Health Centre in the nurturing and care of the boys.

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