It was a pleasure to meet with the exceptional people working as chaplains in a number of primary and secondary schools in the South Perth electorate at St Augustine’s Anglican Church in Como on 14 November 2017.
School chaplains make a valuable contribution to the social, emotional and spiritual well-being of school communities across Western Australia. This might include support and guidance about ethics, values, relationships and spiritual issues, and helping students engage with the broader community. They are part of the school’s pastoral care team.
The School Chaplaincy Program is voluntary and should be supported by the school’s governing body and community to be established. If a school and its community chooses to establish or maintain school chaplaincy services, parents and students can choose to participate in the program.
The State Government contributes an additional $5.68 million annually to YouthCARE through a service and grant agreement to provide chaplaincy services in public schools. This funding covers supervision, support and professional learning for all chaplain types.
I support the chaplaincy program and will continue to listen to and represent the schools in my electorate in their efforts to seek and maintain funding for their chaplaincy programs.