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School Chaplain

School chaplains are responsible for supporting the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of their students regardless of faith or beliefs. School chaplains must be able to provide support for a range of day to day matters affecting the school community and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people. They can become involved in a wide variety of issues including health, social and values education and emotional support.

It is expected that school chaplains would support and work with the School Principal and the school’s student services staff to refer students to appropriate  services where required. To assist in facilitating this, school chaplains should have or develop an appropriate and suitable external network of professional groups working within the community.

It is not compulsory for any student to participate in activities or receive services from a school chaplain.  The chaplaincy services in our school emphasises the voluntary nature of the programme and members of the school community do not have to participate in this service.  To opt-out of this programs parents are requested to please express their preference in writing to their child's class teacher.

North Kalgoorlie Primary School places a strong emphasis on its Pastoral Care program - the care and support of the individual student is foremost.  Our school is grateful, therefore, to the federal government for the support of the School Chaplaincy program through funds from the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.  The provision of services through the NSCSWP is on a student/parent needs basis and parents who wish to use the services are asked to complete a consent form.  It is a voluntary service and parents have the option to withdraw from the support at any time.


As an In-School Chaplain, what do I do?
I am here to focus on the well-being of students, parents and teachers. 
School Chaplains are helping make a real difference in people's lives. 
* I provide support and care for staff, students and families.
* I am here to walk alongside you. I am here to listen to you and the things that concern you. 
* I believe that when students are heard and their problems addressed (no matter how small or insignificant we think it might be), they behave and perform better in class. 
* I will be with you when words fail and all you can do is cry & I will rejoice with you when you are happy again.
* I am here to encourage you and help you set goals. It's my hope to see you achieve the goals you set.
* I am here to help you find solutions and be with you as you seek meaning, purpose and hope on the journey of life.
How do you get in touch with me? 
If you see me around the school, please do not hesitate to come and say hello to me.
If you would like to have a private chat with me, you can: tell me in person; tell your teacher; or you can also write your name and room number (contact number for parents) on the self-referral slips located at the front office. 
I am looking forward to meeting you :)
​Cyndi Payne

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

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