School Chaplaincy at Invermay Primary School
                                                                                                
School chaplaincy –
 
- Supporting and caring for students, staff and families
- Helping people to discover their own story
 
School Chaplaincy at Invermay Primary School is funded by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
The chaplaincy service at our school is approved by the School Association.   Each year a school community consultation process is conducted through the School Association to establish approval for funding for the following year and the continuation of the service.
 
The chaplain is available to support students, parents and staff.  If you would like to make an appointment for your child or yourself to see the chaplain, please contact Mrs Leanne Grimditch through the school office.
N.B. Participation by students in the chaplaincy program is voluntary.
If you do not want your child to be involved in the chaplaincy service in this school, please register your intention at the office.
 
What is a School Chaplain?
  • This program aims to help our school community support the spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing of our students
  • Chaplains are a part of the student support services team in this school.
  • Chaplains provide students, their families and staff with support
  • Chaplains participate in school activities e.g. camps, excursions, sports events, garden and cooking programs
  • Chaplains have relevant qualifications, with a minimum of Cert IV in Youth Work and Diploma level or working towards Diploma level.
  • Chaplains participate in regular professional learning/training.

 

Aims of the School Chaplaincy Service

Our school chaplain is at school on Wednesday and Thursday each week.

The chaplain is:                                                 

  • A role model for students
  • A listening ear/confidant
  • A caring presence
  • A resource on spirituality, values, meaning and purpose
  • A link between your school and its community
  • A member of our teaching and learning team
 
Roles and Responsibilities of Chaplains
NSCSWP Guidelines
 
The roles and responsibilities of School Chaplains can be viewed in the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program Guidelines (pages 9-11) at:
 
 
Introducing our chaplain, Jo Watson
  • As School Chaplain to Invermay Primary School my main role is to serve the school and work with the entire learning and support staff to ensure each child has the best possible start to their lives. 
  • At Invermay this is done by offering literacy support to a range of students; establishing and maintaining our community garden, chess during playtime and being available to help in any area around the school.
 
How can you support our chaplain?
  • Become part of the Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC) which oversees the service.  The LCC meets once a term to review the chaplain’s work and to make recommendations and goals for future action. The dates of these meetings can be obtained from the school newsletter
  • Volunteer as a helper in programs run by the chaplain – a current Department of Education Good Character Check is essential
  • Contribute feedback in person or via email to the chaplain or Principal.
 
What if you have a complaint about the chaplain?
  • If you have reason to make a complaint regarding the chaplain, arrange to meet with the complaints officer – Mrs Leanne Grimditch.  Please make an appointment at the school office.  
  • Scripture Union Tasmania, the funding recipient and service provider for the service, can also be contacted (details below). You are entitled to make an anonymous complaint. All complaints will be kept strictly confidential.
  • All attempts will be made to resolve complaints at the local level.
  • If do not wish to address your complaint to the School Principal, Complaints Officer or Funding Recipient, they may be made directly to the Department by completing the complaint reporting form available at the Program website: www.deewr.gov.au/schoolchaplaincyandwelfare or emailing schoolchaplaincyandwelfarecomplaints@deewr.gov.au
 
Scripture Union Tasmania is the Funding Recipient and service provider of the Australian Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program at this school and the
Tasmanian Department of Education approved provider of school chaplaincy in the state.
 
This chaplaincy position is supported and managed by a Local Chaplaincy Committee comprising representatives from the school and local community. 
 
Contacts
Scripture Union of Tasmania                                    
23 Clarence Street, Bellerive 7018
Phone: (03) 6244 8422    Fax: (03) 6244 8477            
Email: enquiries@sutas.org.au                                              
 
Acknowledgement
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
Disclaimer
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.