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School Chaplaincy

 National School Chaplaincy Program

The objectives of the program are to assist school communities to provide pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to all students, irrespective of their faith or beliefs. This can include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues; the provision of student welfare; and enhancing engagement with the broader community.

(Extract from National School Chaplaincy Program Guidelines)

School chaplains are a resource to the school community, serving the needs of students, staff and families. Any member of the school community can access the services of the chaplain, regardless of religious or cultural background. 

What does our chaplain do?

In consultation and collaboration with the principal, school counsellor and other support staff, our School Chaplain:

- Provides pastoral care and personal assistance for students, staff and parents of the school community;

· Assists in the development and continuation of the school's welfare programmes;

· Networks with welfare services, local churches and other agencies in the local community to provide a broad range of support service to the school community;

· Works with teaching staff to facilitate student wellbeing;

· Supports staff at school camps, excursions and other activities as required.

Participation in the National School Chaplaincy Program is voluntary.