(CCCVaT) School Support Services is a strong advocate for Chaplaincy in schools, valuing the importance of the role of Chaplains in school communities to support students, staff and families. Chaplains bring hope and light to schools, enhancing the wellbeing of students and responding holistically to the needs of the school community.
The strong relationship between the Ringwood Church of Christ and Eastwood Primary communities continues to grow and evolve. At the commencement of 2012 the chaplaincy position was extended from two to three days per week.
In this fast-moving, high tech, competitive, stimulating society children may at times feel confused, isolated or overwhelmed with pressures placed on them by their parents, teachers, peers (or themselves). It is important for them to feel a sense of belonging and trust. The staff at Eastwood aim to make their school environment a safe, happy and respectful place to be.
The role of the chaplain working alongside staff, students and parents includes:-
• Supporting individuals one to one
• Encouraging students to do and be their best
• Sharing strategies to deal with challenges
• Identifying strengths in ourselves and others
• Providing practical support in and away from the classroom
• Developing small group programs to meet identified needs
• Forming and building relationships by listening
• Training and co-coordinating the Kids Hope Aus mentors.
Glennis Essen – Chaplain