A Chaplain’s primary role is to care for the social and emotional well-being of students, staff and parents by being a listening ear. A chaplain speaks with students individually, spends time in classrooms, runs group programs and works together with the student services team to ensure quality pastoral care is provided to the whole school community. They are respectful, accepting and sensitive to other people’s views, values and beliefs.
From time to time the school may deem it beneficial to run a small group or whole class group designed to enhance resilience, strengthen friendship building, offer support to children experiencing loss or grief, and assist pre-adolescents better understand themselves and the changes that come with transitioning to secondary education.
The role of the School Chaplain is to provide pastoral support and care to staff, students and their families, not to provide Christian Religious Education in school. The duties of a School Chaplain include:
Since the beginning of 2021, Rachel Kelly has filled this role and the contribution she makes, is invaluable. With the support of YouthCARE, Rachel is in our school on a weekly basis. Her role is to focus on the wellbeing of those in the school community. Rachel comes to us with experience in pastoral care and is able to provide community links for families, often liaising with outside agencies to ensure the best care possible.
Rachel is a qualified Primary School teacher, and also works as School Chaplain at Lockridge Primary School. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, running, hiking, exploring new places and a good cup of coffee!
Role of a Chaplain:
Rachel has a wealth of knowledge and experience supporting individuals and facilitating small groups. Her role is to provide pastoral support and care to staff, students and families; not to preach or provide religious education in school.
Her work includes:
- providing pastoral care for staff, students and families
- linking the school with the local community, support agencies and organisations
- playing an active role assisting and supporting school events
- facilitating pastoral support programs and resources
- supporting, mentoring, encouraging and empowering the school community
What your child may like to talk about:
- Getting Along – Resolving Difficulties
- Friendships & Social Skills
- Family - Home
- Transition to a new school
- Anxiety & Emotions
- Developing Resilience
Student participation with the School Chaplain is voluntary and a referral or request for individual or group support may be made by a parent, class teacher or member of the Leadership Team. Following on from this an introductory email is then sent out to parents or carers from our Chaplain.
Should you wish to contact Rachel or make an appointment, please phone the school on 92163350.
If for any reason you do not wish for your child to see the Chaplain on an informal basis, please advise the school office.
Days at the school: Monday and Wednesday
Healthy Start – Running & Breakfast Club each Monday morning 8.00 am – 8.30 am. All welcome.