General Information

Chaplaincy Report

Funded by DEEWR – NSCSWP

The primary focus of the St Clare’s School Chaplaincy /Student Welfare Service has and will continue to be the spiritual, the social and emotional wellbeing of the girls. Pastoral care for young women is historically the charism of the Good Shepherd Order; so to the concept of caring for the one “lamb” who has strayed from the flock and is “at risk.”

The Chaplaincy program has been an integral part of the pastoral care program operating at St Clare’s School. The role of the chaplain compliments that of the school youth worker, counsellor/psychologist by providing students, staff and members of the wider school community such as parents, family members  with one-to-one confidential support, care and concern. This support could sometimes take the format of just a quiet morning “chat” or ongoing discussions/meetings such as regular student reviews

The Chaplaincy program has allowed the student members and the school community the opportunity to experience liturgical celebrations on special event days.  Examples include:

The Chaplaincy program has also seen the growth of formal events for which the chaplain has had the responsibility of organizing such as the visits of overseas /interstate dignitaries associated with the Sisters of the Good Shepherd or Government Ministers and advisors.

The program also allows for the student’s spiritual development and guidance through the St Clare’s Religious Education Program which features a candle lighting ceremony and prayer at the start of each lesson and focuses on teaching topics as Social Justice, Fair Trade and the treatment/education of young women globally. Further to this, our students do volunteer work for The Trading Circle which is a Fair Trade organisation.

Additionally, the School Chaplain has the responsibility of liaising with community agencies such as Caritas Australia (Project Compassion) and the St Vincent de Paul Society to organise the donation of Christmas hampers. The direct involvement with such care programs allows the St Clare’s students to learn the value of “giving” to the less fortunate and to look outside themselves and their own personal issues via fundraising activities during Lent and Advent.

The social and emotional growth of the female student population is further accomplished through the weekly student meetings run by the students. They take responsibility for setting up the agenda, choosing the prayer reflection and chairing the meetings. The meetings serve to give the girls a “voice” or forum to discuss issues such as bullying, schoolwork or suggestions about upcoming activities. These meetings foster an atmosphere of respect, cooperation and further serve to reflect the code of values advocated by St Mary Euphrasia the Founder of the Good Shepherd Order.

Acknowledgement :

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations under the School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program.

Disclaimer

The views expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government of Education, Employment and Workforce Relations