What is the Chaplain’s role in the school?
The Chaplain is part of our school community. Our Chaplain visits classes, attends excursions/camps, facilitates positive wellbeing programs and works with students one-on-one or in small groups. The Chaplain is able to work with students from Prep to Year 12. Therefore our Chaplain’s work with students is very much linked to their individual needs.
The Chaplain may work with students on social skills, anger management, grief/loss, developing their sense of self-worth and friendship issues just to name a few areas. The Chaplain may also simply be a listening ear to which a student, parent or staff member can confide.
How does Chaplaincy fit within the welfare structure of the school?
The Chaplaincy program is one of the avenues of support available at Lavers Hill K-12 College and our chaplain works as part of the Wellbeing team working closely with the School Welfare coordinator. Our Chaplain is employed by ACCESS ministries but works within the school.
Our Chaplain is available to work with students, staff and families of the school community in order to offer support, pastoral care and referral to appropriate services. These services may be internal services provided within the school or referral to external providers.
How do students, parents or staff access support from the School Chaplain?
Students can be referred to the chaplain by teachers, parents/guardians or by the student themselves. Parent permission is required for ongoing support for Primary School Students. A Student Permission form is required for the chaplain to work with individual Secondary students and keep confidential records. This work may include consultation with teachers and parents.
Students/Parents can choose to discontinue utilising support through the Chaplaincy program by talking with our Principal, Welfare Coordinator or School Chaplain. Any concerns or complaints about the program may also be discussed with the School Principal or Welfare Coordinator. You may also make a complaint directly to the Department of Education through the website shown below.
Lavers Hill K-12 College Chaplaincy Program is funded by the Department of Education, under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. It is not compulsory for any student to participate in or receive services from a Program School Chaplain/Welfare Worker.
For more information about the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program please visit:
Disclaimer: The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.
Acknowledgement: This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
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