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Through the National School Chaplaincy Program, the Australian Government recognises and supports the vital role schools play in promoting the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, moral, spiritual and aesthetic development and wellbeing of young Australians, and in ensuring the nation’s ongoing economic prosperity and social cohesion.

Introduced in 2007, the National School Chaplaincy Program has made valuable contributions to the wellbeing of school communities across Australia.

St Columba’s has been a recipient of funding for a Chaplaincy Program since 2008. Bern Bradley is our Chaplain, which complements her role as Student Wellbeing leader.

Activities that form part of Bern’s work in this area include:

  • working with external agencies such as the Catholic Education Office to provide services for children and families
  • extra curricular activities such as yoga and chess for children at lunchtimes
  • working with individuals and groups of children experiencing difficulties with friendships, and peer relationships and suggesting/providing appropriate professional learning opportunities for teachers in this area
  • providing programs to support children experiencing stress and anxiety e.g. Peaceful Kids Program.

Our school community shows its support for the program through regular reports and consultations with the School Board. School activities are also reported from time to time in the school newsletter.