School Chaplaincy

What is the Chaplaincy Program?

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

What does our Chaplain do at Maramba?

 

  • Work with the school welfare team and counsellors
  • Support the needs of students, families and our community
  • Offer comfort and compassion and console students/families/staff dealing with grief, loss or anxiety
  • Empower students and enable them to be resilient and work with each other to overcome problems
  • Work one on one, in the classroom or in a group setting to meet our student’s individual needs
  • Help students respond to, report and prevent cyber bullying
  • Create a safe space to listen and talk about emotions, friendships, behavioural problems, mental health, worries, joy and the future
  • Offer resilience support programs, building self-esteem and hope
  • Help students build strong friendship skills with guided activities in small and large groups during lunchtime
  • Assistance in times of crisis

What is the SPARC program?

 

The SPARC program is an exciting 8-week program that our Chaplain runs for students in a small group setting. It focuses on building 5 main areas; Social Skills, finding a sense of Purpose, Awareness of ourselves and what is around us, Resilience and Confidence.

Each session runs for approximately 40-45mins and consists of a new game and activity each week that corresponds with the 5 main areas with an overall focus being on teamwork and building trust amongst the students.

At the end of the program, the students will participate in a school or community project that they have dreamt up together throughout the 8 weeks. The final project is a fantastic way for the students to feel a sense of accomplishment and experience giving back to their school/community as a team.

It is eye-opening, fun and friendship building!

 

What are Your Dream Inc. Chaplains about?

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 Chaplain respects the religion, culture and traditions of members of the school community and the rights of parents to ensure the religious and moral education of their children are 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 Chaplain journeys with students during their time of crisis, listening and providing compassionate support and helping students connect with their own inner resources.

Confidentiality

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

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