School Chaplaincy

What is the Chaplaincy Program?

 

The National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) is a Department of Education (Federal and/or State) funded program, which is available to all Australian schools to employ a  School Chaplain in their school.

 

What does the Chaplain do?

 

  • work with existing programs/services in the school and liase with school welfare team and counsellor
  • work with local community groups/services
  • participate in sports, camps, excursions and other activities
  • mentor and support students identified with higher needs
  • provide support for staff, students and parents
  • assist with student-led activities

 

YOUR DREAM is relational in nature and builds bridges of trust, confidence and competency among students, staff and parents.  YOUR DREAM is available to students and staff of all religious affiliations and does not seek to impose or persuade an individual toward any particular religious beliefs.

The YOUR DREAM Counsellor respects the religion, cultural, and traditions of members of the school community and the right of parents to ensure the religious and moral education of their children in line with their own beliefs.

YOUR DREAM has at its core Pastoral Care. It involves a mixture of pastoral care, counselling, nurturing, teaching and support. The Counsellor journeys with students during their time of crisis, listening and providing compassionate support, helping students connect with their own inner resources.

The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program fund chaplaincy. 

 

How the program supports our students

 

  • Unconditional acceptance
  • One to one referral sessions
  • Support group sessions
  • Building self- esteem and hope
  • Games, art, and teaching activities.

 

What does Your Dream and the NSCP at Maramba offer?

YOUR DREAM provides a resource that helps to help meet the pastoral needs of students, staff and parents. This includes care and acceptance to all, regardless of race, gender, religious or cultural background:

  • Your Dream provides an educational resource for teachers in the classroom;
  • Support for children who need help dealing with grief & loss, divorce, fears, behavioural problems; low self -esteem and relationship issues;
  • A safe environment for people to share with someone who will listen;
  • Assistance in times of crisis;
  • Weekend and day away activities.

 

Friendship Skills

Students can join the YOUR DREAM Counsellor to play games during snack or lunchtime. They will learn about creating positive relationships by negotiating agreements, compromises, take turns, and speak positively to each other and avoiding negative behaviour and language.

 

Confidentiality

Information shared with the YOUR DREAM Counsellor is confidential and will only be shared with the school Principals as a safeguarding measure and the appropriate authorities in instances where someone is at risk of being in harm.

 

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