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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 CHAPLAIN 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. Attend in-service activities as required by the principal
  5. Carry out extra-curricular responsibilities as agreed by negotiation with the Principal
  6. Conduct and/or organise weekly chapels and two weeks of spiritual emphasis each year
  7. Visit classrooms on a regular basis, both informally and formally
  8. Mentor students with behavioural and/or emotional needs
  9. Interact with the students in the playground
  10. Make themselves available if students need someone to talk to about an issue they may have
  11. Visit families at home when requested

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

As a Christian school, the Hurstville Adventist School will be conducted under the beliefs of Christianity and The Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It is understood that families of students attending this school knowingly have enrolled and sent their children with the understanding that Christian values and beliefs will be taught. Any programs run by the chaplain involving the whole school are compulsory. If the parent does not wish for 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 submitted.

COMPLAINTS HANDLING

If parents and carers have any complaints they are welcome to discuss the matter with the College 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.

Counselling

Counselling services are available for students, parents and staff 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 discussed with a school counsellor is confidential. Only under the circumstance that the counsellor feels you are in danger, or may be planning to put someone else in danger, can the counsellor report information to the proper authorities.