The objective of the School Chaplaincy Program is to support the emotional wellbeing of students and the school community through pastoral care, irrespective of faith or beliefs.
Marsden High School has had the services of a school chaplain / youth worker since July 2012 employed under a Federal Government initiative. The community has chosen to continue this program funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
The school wellbeing chaplain / youth worker works closely with the school wellbeing team under the direct guidance of the Deputy Principals and Head Teacher wellbeing.
Please note that participation in any program or service conducted by the school wellbeing chaplain / youth worker is voluntary. Families may opt out by contacting the Deputy Principal responsible for their child's year group.
Roles and responsibilities
- Operate within and promote the core values in NSW Public Schools (integrity, excellence, respect, responsibility, cooperation, participation, care, fairness, democracy).
- Respond to referrals from staff and school wellbeing team with a view to providing care and support.
- Provide comfort and appropriate referral in times of grief and other critical events.
- Listen to students and staff who express a desire to share concerns.
- Support whole school student wellbeing initiatives eg. School camps, assemblies.
- Support students and staff in their learning environments eg. Tutorial centre, classes, sport.
- Respond to student queries about spirituality respecting their family's convictions.
- Refer students, families and staff to appropriate welfare resources in line with student wellbeing protocols.
Frequently asked questions
What does ‘Chaplain' mean?
Chaplain is someone who provides care and comfort.
What does ‘spiritual comfort' mean?
Spiritual comfort is care and comfort provided in a manner sensitive to the students' needs at the time of care.