The Tasmanian Catholic Education Office has agreed to participate in the Commonwealth’s National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP). The aim of the NSCP is to support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies to support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community. In late 2014 Holy Rosary Catholic School applied to be a part of the NSCP and we were successful in our application.
The funding has enabled Holy Rosary Catholic School to employ a Chaplain/Wellbeing Coordinator. Mr. Brent Pearce fulfils this role in our school. In addition to funding from the NSCP the school also allocates funding to enable our Wellbeing Coordinator role to be one day a week.
Our chaplain is a positive role model and mentor providing social, emotional and spiritual support to students, parents and staff, taking into account the specific needs of our school. Our Chaplain will support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community.
The Wellbeing Coordinator/Chaplain helps students find a better way to deal with a wide range of issues including social support, family issues and trauma response. They provide a listening ear for students in crisis and for those who just need a friend. Students must have parent consent to work with or receive individual support from the chaplain.
Our Chaplain helps us to:-
- Foster a supportive, caring school environment.
- Connect with students and be a positive role model to them.
- Nurture and care for students as a member of our Wellbeing team.
- Support students at risk through behaviour management programs.
- Support staff and families from the wider school community.
- Serve the school community in a number of ways: including helping with sport activities and camps.
- Provide spiritual support, if requested.