National School Chaplaincy Program
The best schools make decisions based on the needs and passions of the students, not the interests and traditions of the adults.
My greatest belief is that student wellbeing must be the focus in any school. A young person's mental, emotional and spiritual health is paramount for learning to then take place. Looking after the personal needs of students, their general spiritual and personal health is equally important to academic needs. We are unable to allocate any further financial resources to place more support personnel to address student needs at our campus. We have Counsellor Support 4 days a week and still have waiting lists for students to access support. An additional staff member such as a school Chaplin, would provide our students the opportunity to discover their inner strength, skills, personal identity and qualities.
The Australian Government is investing $247 million over four years (2019-2022) to renew the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP).
This funding will support approximately 3000 schools per year to access these services. That means, if we are successful in applying for the program, we would have a Chaplain available 2 days per week for three years. The renewed NSCP has a greater focus on supporting students and school communities affected by cyberbullying, with NSCP Chaplain's completing professional learning on this topic.
School Chaplains are responsible for supporting the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of their students regardless of faith or beliefs. School Chaplain’s must not proselytise their own beliefs however respect, accept and be sensitive to other people’s views, values and beliefs. School Chaplains must be able to provide support for a rnge of day to day matters affecting the school community and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people.
I spoke with the P&C on Tuesday evening and Executive staff on Wednesday regarding the idea of a School Chaplain and it was strongly supported. With this support, I am now applying for the program.
Year 11 Examinations
Our year 11 students are completed their end of course examinations this week and next. I congratulate them on the manner in which they have handled their examination timetables and expectations of being on time and prepared for their exams.
End of Term
We are nearing the end of Term 3 and I wanted to extend my heartfelt thanks to all of the staff and students who have had such a tremendous term. I see smiling, tired faces in the playground. Year 12 graduation next week is highly anticipated for our whole school community.