At Good Shepherd the Chaplaincy program is all about wellbeing. The wellbeing of the whole school community, including the students, their families, staff and volunteers. This involves many programs and initiatives, but to name a few: we have programs such as Goodies, Class Carers, Parenting Classes and Workshops, Student Groups and one to one Student Support.
Goodies is a mentoring style program where a student is matched with a positive adult role model and meets weekly, sharing time and skills to build a trusting relationship through interactive play, conversation and quality time.
Class Carers involves one or two parents taking on the role of ‘caring’ for the families of the class, celebrating events and initiating practical care during times of stress or crisis.
Throughout the year, as the need arises, there are opportunities for parents to be equipped and informed in matters relating to parenting and their children via various speakers, media and courses.
Student Groups are initiated to promote social and emotional wellbeing where selected students and/or groups meet weekly with the Chaplain for building on emotional skills, strategies, resilience and tolerance.
One to one student support aims to ‘come alongside’ a student who may be finding childhood challenging for many and varied reasons to assist and improve their social and emotional wellbeing as well as to support them and their family during challenges.
Overall, the Chaplaincy program aims to help children, young people and the whole school community to discover purpose, value and hope, holistically.