Our Chaplain role-models positive behaviour and builds mentoring relationships with students by being involved in many of our school events, classroom activities and year level excursions, as well as being available for other activities during lunchtime breaks.
Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual (not religious), ethical, and personal support to school communities. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.
What does a School Chaplain do?
A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.
Working with other members of the school's support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.
The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local groups, churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
The Chaplain is also available to provide confidential One-On-One Pastoral care to students. As such this aspect of the service does require parental consent.
Is my child involved?
The Chaplain does do general work within classrooms, but here the work is teaching and learning focused and under the direction of the teacher. Further involvement with the Chaplain is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one-to-one meetings with the Chaplain or in any program or group involving spiritual or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
As chaplaincy is funded for limited hours, the chaplain does not attend the school every day. Please call the school to make an appointment or leave a message for a return call.