ACCESS ministries have been providing Chaplaincy services to schools since 1955 and are the largest employer of Chaplains in Victoria. Our endorsed Chaplains have the highest standard of professional qualifications and our Student Wellbeing Workers also provide an addition choice of service to school communities.
Currently ACCESS ministries operates 320 Chaplaincy and Wellbeing programs in schools across Victoria, offering pastoral care to over 160,000 young people, school staff and their communities.
There has been a chaplain at the school since 1991. The Chaplain’s position is full time. He serves as part of the student wellbeing team. He is a qualified and experienced counsellor who is available to all members of the school community.
- The Chaplain welcomes all members of the school community, whatever their faith traditions, and whether or not they have religious beliefs.
- Whilst the Chaplain does teach some classes, and is involved in many of the wellbeing programs of the school, his main role is individual pastoral care and counselling.
- The Chaplain is also available to talk with parents about any issue which is concerning them whether it is an issue concerned with a student’s schooling or a family matter.
- Where have I come from?
- Where am I going?
- Why am I here?
Representatives from local churches, staff and school parents make up a committee which enjoys supporting the Chaplain personally, raises awareness and funds, and functions as a sub-committee of ACCESS ministries. More than 80% of the finances needed to fund the Chaplain in the school are raised by this committee through the sale of Second-Hand Books and the Uniform Exchange. Further funds have also been made available through the National School Chaplaincy Programme.