The role of the Chaplain at Southern River College is to support the provision of pastoral care and student and staff services. Our chaplain provides guidance on human relationships and provided support for students and staff in cases of bereavement, family breakdown and other crisis and loss situations.

Our chaplaincy programs support the ethos of our values of relationships, respect for self, others and the environment.

The Chaplaincy is a unique service that is offered at Southern River College proving to be of great value to students, staff, parents, and their schools. Our chaplain offers care, building the social skills of students, and encouraging responsible behaviour. It is of great long-term value to the wellbeing of our college community.

Our chaplaincy program seeks to help the personal and social wellbeing of students and the school community.

Our chaplain:

  • Is an integral part of our Student Service Team
  • Provides students, their families and staff with support and or appropriate referrals, in difficult situations such as during times of grief or when students are facing personal or emotional challenges.
  • Supports students and staff to create an environment which promotes the physical, emotional, social and intellectual development and wellbeing of all students.
  • Supports students and staff to create an environment of cooperation and mutual respect, promoting an understanding of diversity and the range of cultures and their related traditions.
  • Is approachable to all students, staff and members of the school community.
  • Supports students, their families and staff of all beliefs and not seeking to impose any beliefs or persuade an individual toward a particular set of beliefs.

Each year as part of the National Agreement with the Government of Australia we conduct a satisfaction survey for parents, staff and students about our chaplaincy program.

Ongoing feedback positive and negative can also be directed to the principal directly anytime during the school year in regards to the chaplaincy program.

This program was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program and supplemented by the voluntary contributions of our parents.