The role of Chaplain is wide and varied, depending on the needs of the school, but the major focus is pastoral care. I count it a privilege to pastorally care for the students, staff and families at our school, so if I can be of help please let me know. We all face challenging times in our lives, and having a ‘safe place’ to share and work through our feelings can help a lot. A message can be left at the front office or feel free to phone or visit me at school. Of course seeing a Chaplain is voluntary and if you would rather your child does not catch up with me during the year, please let the front office or myself know.
Other activities a Chaplain may be involved in are: helping out in classrooms and working with groups of students to promote well-being in target areas. For example I am trained to run the program Seasons for Growth which assists children to work through grief and cope with loss and change. A Chaplain may also help out on excursions and camps. Over the last eight years I have loved going on the year 6/7 camps to Bridgetown and Rottnest and have the pleasure throughout the year of working with our year 6 Values Leaders. Making connections with the wider community is an important role of Chaplains and I currently co-ordinate the Ed Connect Program where members of the local community volunteer their time during school hours to mentor students. Another part of my role at Mount Pleasant Primary School is facilitating whole-school celebrations such as Harmony Day, hosting morning teas like Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea and we will continue running our ‘5 Cents Challenge’ this year which raises funds for education projects amongst the poor around the world.
There are other activities that I am involved with around the school and I am also a qualified primary school teacher, so don't be surprised if I keep popping up around the place.
I look forward to sharing 2020 with you at Mount Pleasant PS ☺