School Chaplaincy

This College is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) for the employment of a school Chaplain.

  1. The aim of this service is to offer pastoral support to students, staff and the school community.
  2. The Chaplain has three main roles:
    1. A Pastoral Role

      The Chaplain will:

      • participate in a wide range of school community activities, and support staff, to contribute to creating a caring and inclusive learning environment within the school.
      • on request, provide initial support or information to students, staff and other school community members.
      • offer support or information with regard to critical situations, grief, family breakdown.
      • be available to provide ongoing support to individuals and/or families.
      • provide additional opportunities for families to feel supported.
    2. A Referral Role

      The Chaplain will:

      • provide factual and impartial information about, network with, and be a link to, the support and services provided through community groups, including church groups, local council and government agencies.
      • consult and liaise with student counsellors and other staff about student safety, wellbeing or learning while maintaining appropriate confidentiality, and referring students to other staff as required.
    3. A Resource Role

      The Chaplain will:

      • provide a reference point for addressing social, religious or spiritual issues.
      • provide access to resources from the broader community which are relevant to school programs.
      • be available to give input into health and social education courses (e.g. in the areas of grief, self-esteem, values or relationships).
      • be available to give assistance with camps and excursions, and, where appropriate, initiate activities such as voluntary clubs or groups in the school.
      • support groups such as the Student Representative Council and the Peer Support Program.
      • if required, assist the principal to liaise with the local church community and the school for the provision of optional 'Religious Education Seminars' in school time.
  3. This service offered by the Chaplain is accessed by school community members on a voluntary basis.
  4. The Chaplain is managed by a school leader and complements, enhances and collaborates with the school well-being team, counsellors, other school support staff, etc.
  5. The Chaplain is supported with NSCSWP and community funding.
  6. Students are able to access the Chaplain through Student Services.
  7. A Grievance Procedure for any formal complaint is available here.
  8. The College P&C was consulted with about the NSCSWP and made the decision to proceed with an application for NSCSWP funding for a chaplaincy service. Please refer to Governing Council minutes for further details.

Disclaimer

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Acknowledgement

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.