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 National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program

The National School Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program

 
 
The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program provide funding to schools to access the services of a school chaplain or student welfare worker.
 
 The Queensland Catholic Education Commission has expressed its value of this program as recognising that Australians care for each other, not just in times of crisis, but in the everyday struggles of life, particularly for youth.
 
National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program funded services are designed to form part of the already existing wellbeing services provided within the school community.
 
The services offered by a Student Welfare Worker complement the care offered by other helping disciplines and aims to assist school communities through the provision of help and care to support the personal and social wellbeing of students, staff and the wider school community.
 
The Australian Government has provided $222 million under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program to support 3555 schools across Australia to access the services of a school chaplain or student welfare worker.
 
For more information on the National School Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program, visit


 

 

The National School Chaplaincy & Student Welfare Program at

OUR LADY OF THE WAY SCHOOL

 
At Our Lady of the Way our Student welfare Worker is Helen Ryan. Helen was appointed to this role in 2012. Helen sees her role as continuing the ‘care and concern’ support that has been successfully established at Our Lady of the Way and contributes to the spirit and wellbeing of the whole community of Our Lady of the Way School, Petrie.
 
The role of a Student Welfare Worker is an evolving role and some of the key aspects of Helen’s role include:
 
  • Assisting the APRE, School Councellor and other support staff.
 
  • Being available to
-       support students and staff to create an environment which promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and wellbeing of all students
-       support students and staff to create an environment of cooperation and mutual respect, promoting an understanding of diversity
-       provide formal, informal and on-going support for students, families and staff experiencing difficult situations including grief, or personal or emotional challenges
 
·         Being actively involved in
-       classroom support, lunch time clubs and groups
-       accompanying classes on camps and excursions
-       orientation and transition of new students
-        supervision duty in the school and playground
-    Coordinating the 'Angel Network' meal service
-    Parent Support meetings
 
·         Being a person of welcome by
-       providing a welcome smile and a positive face for students to feel connected with and valued in their community
-       celebrating the ‘joys’ of life with students
-       fostering the spirit of community in the school
 

Student Welfare Worker

Helen Ryan

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