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School chaplaincy program

School chaplaincy program 

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

Hours worked by the chaplains - 400 hours per year, or 10 hours per week - are funded by the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program. 

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 downloading and completing the voluntary service form (PDF 281KB).

Complaints procedure

Any complaints regarding the chaplain should be directed to the school principal, who will then follow internal policies.

Qualifications and engagement process

The chaplain meets the employment qualifications as outlined by Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (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 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, parents and citizens association and/or student representaive council. 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.

Chaplain's role

The chaplain's role is to assist the school community through the provision of help and support the personal, social and spiritual wellbeing of students and the school community.  Services could include but are not limited to:

  • working with the school counsellors and welfare team
  • providing students, their families and staff with emotional support and/or appropriate referrals in difficult situations
  • supporting students who desire to explore their spirituality, values and ethical matters or referring to appropriate services to do so
  • we are approachable to all school community members regardless of culture, faith background, age or gender
  • provide services with a spiritual content including facilitation of discussion groups and lunchtime programs with the consent of the Principal
  • participate in school activities and projects, such as camps     
  • contribute to school newsletters
  • facilitate activities connecting students with other community groups

Muirfield High School chaplain

Stu is our school chaplain. He supports students by being available to talk at any time about any issue affecting them or their families. He is available to chat with any students or parents at anytime.  When needed, Stu will help link students and families into appropriate support services.  He is happy to pray with or for people if you wish. We are available to answer questions of faith if you have any.

Stu is funded by the National School Chaplaincy and Welfare Program (NSCSWP) to be at the school on Mondays & Tuesdays.  He is also funded by local churches and local community members to be at the school on Wednesdays. The P & C also contributes towards maintaining this support service for students and families in the school.

You can contact Stu at any time, on mobile at 0405 041 339 or by email at stuart.brownscombe@ccca.org.au

Our students featured in an article in Today, which is a magazine put out by Campus Crusade for Christ Australia.

Download and view Today (PDF 1893KB) 

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