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 must 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 – they must be informed about its availability and the voluntary nature of their involvement.
The nature of the chaplaincy services to be provided, including the religious affiliation of the school chaplain, is decided by the school and its community.
The National School Chaplain and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) concluded at the end of 2014. A new Commonwealth program, the National School Chaplaincy Programme, commenced in 2015.
Under the new National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP), Western Australia will receive $7.41 million a year. In late 2014, the State Government decided to fund an additional $1.45 million in 2015 to cover the shortfall in Commonwealth funding which enabled 71 additional schools to be funded for an In School Chaplain.
On 19 April 2015, the State Government announced additional $7.75 million funding for the In School State Funded Chaplaincy Program (ISSFCP) for 2015 and 2016.
In total, 500 public schools that identified a need and submitted either an individual or joint application for National School Chaplaincy Programme will receive funding in 2015 and 2016.
Meet Trev the Chaplain
My primary objective is to help children overcome the challenges in their lives. I stand alongside and encourage them when they are going through hard times and laugh and joke when things are good. I believe it is vitally important for every child to live a peaceful life at home, to enable them to concentrate and prosper at school. I have a great desire to help dads build up strong relationships at home, as it is essential for fulfilling the emotional growth of their children. I am also an absolute believer in that if you want respect then you must give respect.