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CHAPLAINCY

School chaplains support young people in one of today’s most high-pressure environments: the schoolyard.

SU WA chaplains provide a safe, positive influence for our children.

Scripture Union is Australia’s largest School Chaplaincy support agency, with effective school support programs in every state and territory.

We offer our experience and expertise to you in placing a Chaplain in your school.

About SU Chaplaincy

Chaplains provide social, emotional and spiritual support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business; helping students find a better way to deal with life issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for children and young people in crisis, and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.

SU CHAPLAINCY provides Chaplains who model the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. A Chaplain will, therefore, be a person whose beliefs and lifestyle reflect a Biblical understanding of and a commitment to the teachings, life and person of Jesus Christ. While exercising their role from within this framework, Chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations.

Chaplains support the school community in six key dimensions, which we call the Chaplaincy model of care:

Mentoring – Act as a role model for students and assist them to develop supportive relationships for, with, and among students.

Spiritual Support – Provide an additional dimension to the school’s care, guidance and support of students with spiritual and/ or religious needs.

Social & Emotional Support – Assist students to develop knowledge, understanding and skills that support learning, positive behaviour and constructive social relationships through social skills programs.

Educational Support – Assist with classroom activities where involvement by the chaplain provides further social, emotional or spiritual support for those students who may be at risk of disengagement.

Extra-Curricular Activities – Participate in general school activities including camps, excursions, sports day or coaching team sports.

Chaplains are also expected to play an active role in the local support group (LSG), working to develop the Chaplaincy service and making a positive contribution to the work of SU CHAPLAINCY in the district.

CHAPLAINCY: A COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP

The strength of our Chaplaincy program is the way it operates in partnership between the school, the local community (represented by the LSG) and SU CHAPLAINCY.

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Chaplains are:

  • Employed and professionally supported by SU CHAPLAINCY;
  • Work under the day to day direction of the school principal, in accordance with State Departments of Education Chaplaincy guidelines; and
  • Supported, guided and resourced by the LSG.

SU WA is a ChildSafe organisation. All staff and volunteers are required to hold a current Working With Children Check and operate under SU WA’s ChildSafe framework. In addition to this, all employees will be required to provide SU with a National Police Records Check.

Become a Chaplain!

SU Chaplains play an invaluable role in contributing towards the building of healthy school communities. They also work in partnership with school leadership and existing wellbeing support structures, tailoring their programs and support strategies to meet the specific needs of their school community. SU has a wide range of quality programs, partnerships and expertise, providing excellent support to Chaplains and schools.

Chaplains provide social, emotional, and spiritual support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business, helping students find a better way to deal with life’s issues. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence in the school, available for all students, staff, and families.

SU Chaplaincy provides chaplains who model the compassion and unconditional love demonstrated and taught by Jesus, as recorded in the Bible. A chaplain will, therefore, be a person whose beliefs and lifestyle reflect a biblical understanding of, and a commitment to the teachings, life and person of, Jesus Christ. While exercising their role from within this framework, chaplains will be sensitive to, respectful of, and available to all, regardless of beliefs or religious affiliations.

There is a significant need for Chaplains in rural and remote communities of WA. We would urge you to give serious consideration to applying for a position in these areas.

To find out more about SU School Chaplaincy, get in touch with us today!



Chaplaincy Applications Now Open!

1. Download, read and consider the full Chaplaincy Role Statement of an SU Chaplain.

2. Apply online here at any time.

3. Applicants will receive an online notification that your application has been received. Please contact us if you have not received a lodgement response within 24 hours.

4. Applications are assessed once they are submitted. Qualification Checks & WWCC, as well as referee checks, are all conducted. It is imperative these documents are uploaded to move to the next stage of the application process.

Need a Chaplain?

SU School Chaplains are trusted and trained individuals who can help students navigate the pitfalls of life and keep focused on educational outcomes.

SU chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety.

They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for children and young people in crisis, and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.

You can download our brochure today to find out what school chaplaincy is and why it is such an effective resource in schools.

 

For Parents & Guardians

Children and young people are at the heart of everything we do here at SU WA. As a part of this, we provide support, resources, and a range of opportunities for parents and carers to engage with SU WA through their children.

Who are school chaplains?

SU WA chaplains, are trusted, trained individuals who work in school communities to provide social, emotional, and spiritual support to students, parents/carers and staff.

What does a school chaplain do?

School chaplains work in the prevention and support space, helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear for children and young people in crisis, and also those who just need a friend. They also run a heap of programs, activities, and events to foster inclusivity and a positive culture in school communities.




A parent’s perspective…

“For me, chaplaincy is so important. You just never know when life circumstances will mean you need their help. I take great comfort in knowing there is someone at school who genuinely cares about my children no matter what’s happening in our lives.”
– Ruth McCabe, parent of Liam and Maddy, who attend Narangba State School.



Other things we do:

SU Leavers

SU WA Leavers events provide school leavers with an amazing and memorable experience, which is a fun, safe, and thoroughly enjoyable way to celebrate finishing school. All events are 100% drug and alcohol free. Our events are run by SU WA staff and volunteers who are trained in caring for participants and managing activities and events. All staff and volunteers hold Working With Children Check (WWCC) cards and are trained in the ChildSafe safety management system.

Camps

What are SU WA Camps?

Each year SU WA runs more than 50 fun, engaging camps across WA for primary and high school students. These camps are jam-packed with amazing activities, great food, and an incredible sense of community. Whether your child is looking for an adrenaline rush that can only be satisfied by scaling a cliff face, or they’re more interested in expressing themselves through art and dance, SU WA has a camp for you!

How can I find out more information about which SU WA Camps are coming up?

Click the button below for a full list of upcoming camps, including dates, locations, and other important information.

How can I get involved with SU WA Camps?

If you’re over the age of 18, you can make a difference in the lives of children and young people as a SU WA Camp Leader! You will have the opportunity to lead group activities and inspire young people to reach their potential, while learning new skills yourself and having the time of your life. To find out more and register your interest, click the button below.