Chaplain – Please see below an article from the school blog about our new full time Chaplain
Students and teachers will once again have access to a chaplain after Amberlie Evans joined the school community this term.
The full-time Aubin Grove position is her first school chaplaincy position through YouthCARE, having recently completed a diploma in counselling.
Amberlie has spent the past few weeks introducing herself to staff and students, both in the classrooms and playgrounds, and said she looked forward to building trusting relationships with them.
She has a passion for working with children, having previously been employed in early childhood education as well as doing a lot of professional development in child protection.
“I want to be able to give the kids someone to talk to and trust,” she said. “I will be that someone that listens to them and supports them to find solutions to their problems and any matters that are affecting them.”
Amberlie said she was keen to identify the needs of the school and incorporate them into programs. She is also available to support families in need and school staff as well.
“I am really eager to get into it and start to make a change,” she said.
Mr Pansini said it was a very important role, helping kids to feel safe and happy at school and Amberlie would be working closely with the administration and teachers to do so.
He said such was the value placed on the role, school funds had been used to increase the position to five days a week, as only 1.5 days of school chaplaincy was covered by Commonwealth funding.
Staff and parents can use a referral process that the school has established to gain access to Amberlie. This will soon be available on the school website but in the meantime please make contact with your child’s classroom teacher or the appropriate Deputy Principal:
- Mrs Fritchley (Kindergarten-Year 1)
- Mrs Steel (Years 2-3)
- Mrs Smith (Years 4-6)