At Darling Heights State School our Chaplain will
The position of chaplain position at Darling Heights State School is a paid position. This position is financed by local churches, Federal Government funding and funds raised by the Local Chaplaincy committee. The Chaplain is an employee of Scripture Union.
This form enables parents to:
- Know the range of activities within the program of Chaplaincy Services provided at this school.
- Make an informed decision regarding their child's participation or non-participation in program of Chaplaincy Services.
- Make an informed decision regarding giving or not giving their consent for their child's participation in programs interrelated to Chaplaincy Services
- Withdraw their agreement to or consent for their child's participation in Chaplaincy Services or interrelated programs by advising school in writing.
Local Chaplaincy Committee
There is a Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC) at Darling Heights State School.
Their aim is to meet the needs of the school community within our school. The LCC meets once per month. It has developed a School Overview, Aims and a Plan. The School Overview, Aims and Plan are endorsed by the P&C and approved by Principal.
- Understand cultural and religious customs and needs of individuals and groups within school and the range of services and support currently available and/or required.
- Represent the overall school community.
- Perform an advisory role to the principal for the chaplain and programs of chaplaincy services and activities.
- Undertake activities such as fundraising and supporting and mentoring chaplain.
(endorsed by the P&C and approved by the Principal)
The Chaplain is supported by the Local Chaplaincy Committee. The Chaplain works with the LCC to develop programs for the School Community. When developed, the Chaplain informs the Principal of all programs and activities being provided at school prior to programs and activities commencing.
Chaplains undertake pastoral care within the school, assist school staff as they engender, within children, a commitment for and enactment of, supportive relationships for, with and amongst their peers.
Programs and activities required of the Chaplain to achieve the aims of model
Support social and life skills programs & assisting staff in delivering these to students they have identified as needing such support, to assist with Lunchtime sport & activities, work with other school staff & volunteers in providing organised sports & activities, coach school sporting teams, provide Excursion/Camp support. The Chaplain may assist other staff when students have excursions & camps off-school campus.
The Chaplain provides support for programs that are Voluntary Student Activities Free of Religious, Spiritual and/or Ethical Content.
Chaplain's accountabilities to and relationships with parents and accredited employing authority
The Chaplain has accountability to Scripture Union, through the Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC), which is the employing authority. As the employed Chaplain, they have no specific affinity with any local religious denominations or societies or parents. The Chaplain welcomes contact from parents. Written reports, once a month, on the Chaplaincy Service is provided to the LCC, Principal and Scripture Union. The Chaplain's performance is reviewed on an annual basis by Scripture Union in partnership with the Principal.
Procedures to be followed when an incident of concern occurs involving a student attending Chaplaincy services
Should a parent or student wish to make a complaint regarding Chaplaincy Services or the Chaplain, then the school complaint processes can be used. Complaints can be lodged in writing, by telephone or the complaint can be directly addressed with the Principal or a member of the Administration team.
Procedures when the chaplain suspects abuse or risk
The Chaplain, as is any member of this school’s staff, is required to report suspicion of harm or risk of harm to a student to the Principal. The Principal is required, by legislation, to report the disclosure to the Department of Child Safety, the Queensland Police and Education Queensland as appropriate.
The Chaplain will be located in offices within the precinct of the Support Services Centre.