The Mission and Social Values of PCA
To operate within an inclusive framework which acknowledges individual differences, supports students’ individual needs, and nurtures the growth of the whole person in an atmosphere of pastoral care.
PCA is committed to providing an atmosphere of pastoral care where students are mentored and encouraged to be the best version of themselves possible. This is achieved through professional development programs, and the student and staff culture.
For close to one hundred years, students have been guided by the following social values at PCA:
The Dignity of Human Work
PCA remains committed to helping all students have the best start to their working life possible. Therefore, heavy emphasis is placed on maintaining a high graduate success rate with quality employers which respect the rights and dignity of their workers. PCA believes that paid work is a good thing to be achieved for all men and women.
The Common Good
PCA remains committed to improving the life of every student it encounters and acknowledges that we should all work together, both staff and students, to help one another in this life. The mentoring program at PCA exemplifies this, it ensures that all students are paid attention to so that the common good of all can be reached. We also encourage our students to advocate for the right treatment of the less fortunate in our society, this is done through a range of student and staff organised fundraising initiatives. PCA hopes for a just society where all can meet their needs and flourish.
PCA remains committed to promoting the idea that we are all important in our own way and that we are all worthy of being treated fairly and having the ability to live in peace. Solidarity is promoted at PCA because it is all about valuing each other as fellow human beings and respecting each other as individuals. A culture of solidarity is evident at PCA where students stand together in unity to complete their studies and gain employment.
SEE – JUDGE – ACT Method
The See-Judge-Act Method is encouraged, through mentoring, as a process to understand how social values can be applied to everyday work and study situations.
SEE – Looking at issues as they affect study, work, and yourself.
JUDGE – Understanding what is happening and why it is happening.
ACT – Discerning the actions needed to respond.
(Source: CST – Mater et Magistra, 1961)