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School Chaplains

The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. This is a voluntary program that assists school communities to support the wellbeing of their students, including strengthening values, providing greater pastoral care and enhancing engagement with the broader community.

ROLE OF CHAPLAINS IN THE SCHOOL

  1. Provide students, their families and staff with support and/or appropriate referrals, in difficult situations such as during times of grief or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges
  2. Support students and staff to create an environment of cooperation and mutual respect, promoting an understanding of diversity and the range of cultures and their related traditions
  3. Support students, their families and staff of all beliefs and not seeking to impose any beliefs or persuade an individual toward a particular set of beliefs
  4. Conduct and/or organise weekly chapels and two weeks of spiritual emphasis each year
  5. Mentor students with behavioural and/or emotional needs
  6. Be available to students, staff and parents seeking advice for whatever reason

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

HOW CHAPLAINCY LINKS TO OTHER SCHOOL SUPPORT SERVICES

Teachers can refer students directly to the chaplaincy service when they see fit. The chaplain can offer referrals to counsellors and outside agencies when and if the need arises.

HOW DO I ARRANGE A ONE-ON-ONE SESSION?

Students are able to contact the chaplain directly for a meeting. It is necessary that the chaplain contact the parent and let them know that such a request has made and ask for permission to go ahead.

Parents may contact the chaplain by phone and request that he or she meet with their child.

HOW TO OPT-OUT OF SERVICES

Parents and guardians can opt-out of any chaplaincy service provided by the school by contacting the principal, who will pass this information on to the chaplain.

As a Christian school, parents have sent their children to this school knowing of the religious content that is taught. Therefore, any programs run by the chaplain that involves the whole school are compulsory. If the parent does not wish their child to be involved in any one-on-one or group activities with the chaplain, a letter requesting exemption from specific activities may be forwarded to the principal.

COMPLAINTS HANDLING

If parents and carers have any complaints they are welcome to discuss the matter with school principal who will provide the complaints forms if required.

COMMUNITY CONSULTATION

A report is prepared and presented to both the Home and School Committee and the Board of Management each year. Both bodies endorsed that the program will continue in 2016. Parents and students are also given the opportunity to have their say by completing a survey.

Child Protection

All children have a right to feel emotionally and physically safe and to be safe. As school staff, we have a legal and moral responsibility to respond to serious incidences involving abuse and neglect of the children with whom we have contact, and to report instances that we believe involve physical abuse or neglect.

Aims

To ensure that children’s’ rights to be safe are maintained and each child is protected against abuse and neglect.

Implementation

This school will abide by the legislation pertinent to child protection. This includes:

  • Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998
  • Ombudsman Act 1974
  • Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998

• Commission for Children and Young People Amendment Act 2005

Notes

  • All staff are to undergo appropriate professional development in child protection
  • The Principal will keep thorough records of all child protection issues.
  • All reports, information sheets and subsequent discussions and
    information are to be recorded and remain strictly confidential. 

Counselling

Counselling services are available for students who wish to discuss any issues of concern. Examples of possible concerns may include:

  • Learning, behavioural or physical difficulties
  • Issues with family or friends
  • Grief and loss
  • Bullying
  • Stress management
  • Career decisions
  • Suicide

Please note: Detailed career's testing is available for students in Years 10 to 12.

HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?

Please make appointments at reception.

WHAT CAN I DISCUSS WITH THE SCHOOL COUNSELLOR?

You may talk about anything that is worrying you such as problems with family and friends, learning difficulties, bullying, how to manage stress, grief and loss or your anger, how to deal with thoughts of suicide. You may also talk to your counsellor for career advice.

CONFIDENTIALITY

Anything told to a school counsellor is confidential and will not be reported to anyone else unless the counsellor feels you are in danger or may be planning to put someone else in danger.