School Chaplaincy @ MHS

 

The Chaplains will usually be present at the school Monday-Wednesday.  There may be times when these days change to allow for the chaplain to attend school events/excursions.

400 hours per year, an average of 10 hours per week, is funded by the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. The additional hours are funded by local churches & local community members.

Voluntary Service

Participation in any program or service conducted by the School Chaplain is voluntary. Families may opt out by contacting the School Principal: Jennifer Reeves.   Parents can refer their child to the school chaplain for one on one discussion regarding a specific concern.  These referrals can be made by phoning the school office or by downloading the referral form here (pdf 281 KB).

Complaints procedure:

Any complaints regarding the Chaplain should be directed to the School Principal, who will then follow internal policies.

Qualifications & Engagement Process

The Chaplain meets the employment qualifications as outlined by DEEWR in the document: National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Guidelines. They are subject to all the required checks as outlined by this document. The Funding Body is responsible for conducting those checks and providing evidence of the outcome to the School Principal.

Selection of the appropriate person for the role of the Chaplain is made by Youth Ministries Australia (a part of CCCA) in consultation with the school Principal.  The final decision is made with the Principal's endorsement.

Evaluation of the Program

Annual evaluation of the program is required by DEEWR in the document: National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Guidelines. This is conducted by the Funding Body with support from the school. An annual report will be presented to school community, usually via the staff, P&C and/or SRC.   Following presentation of the report the school community will be asked to confirm ongoing support for the continuation of the program.

 

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

 

More information is available from the DEEWR website:

www.deewr.gov.au/schoolchaplaincy