The role of Chaplain at Pedare is closely linked to the Christian ethos and pastoral development programme of the College. It is broad in scope, embracing the whole of the College community – staff, students and their families from Reception to Year 12.
There are two key facets of the Chaplain’s activities. Firstly, the Chaplain provides spiritual leadership, guidance and support in keeping with the Christian foundations of the College, whilst at the same time respecting the beliefs and traditions of those with differing religious convictions. This will include coordinating times of Christian worship for whole school gatherings, contributing to the Christian Life curriculum and offering spiritual nurture to staff and families of the College.
Secondly, the Chaplain offers pastoral care and counselling support as a member of the Pastoral Care team of the College. One of the Chaplain’s primary endeavours as a pastoral carer is to strengthen the social and emotional well-being of students through the development of genuine, caring relationships. Students have access to chaplaincy support on a voluntary basis, with staff and families of the College also able to request support from the Chaplain when the need arises.
The College Chaplain is an active participant in the South Australian networks of Chaplains for both Anglican and Uniting Church schools, and has regular mentoring and supervisory support from qualified persons external to the College. The Chaplain also attends professional development opportunities relevant to the role.
Pedare is a mainstream Anglican and Uniting Church school. All students participate in the Christian Life program which is part of the weekly delivery of curriculum. Christian life assists students to develop an understanding of the Christian faith and provides the opportunity to consider the place God has in their lives. This grounding gives students a basis for making informed and considered decisions and assists them to develop a sense of care and compassion for others.
All Pedare staff model the Christian ethos of the College. Daily devotions in Home Groups, classes and Worship sessions led by the College Chaplain support the Christian Life program.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.