Chaplains set to bring pastoral care to schools
Pilbara schools will gain greater access to chaplain services this term with the launch of an initiative designed to boost pastoral care in north-west WA.
The Itinerant School Chaplaincy Service, a program developed by pastoral care provider YouthCARE and funded by the Department of Educa- tion, will allow experienced chaplains Kita and Shane Stringer to bring their services to 34 schools across the Pilbara and Gascoyne.
For 16 of those schools, it will be the first time they have had a chaplain.
Incoming area chaplain Mrs Stringer said she and her husband would provide a comprehensive range of services to regional schools they visited.
“Depending on school requirements we will be available for students, staff and parents,” she said.
“We have equipped ourselves with the resources to run YouthCARE Outdoors and Peer Skills programs, grief and loss programs, mindfulness and protective behaviours and many other life skills that may be needed.”
Mrs Stringer said the cha- plains’ mobility would allow them to spend time getting to know local communities as well as schools.
YouthCARE chief executive Shanley Jeyaraj said he believed the program addressed a need for more pastoral care in north-west schools.
“We believe this will make a difference,” he said.
The program is scheduled to run for two years.
Area chaplain Kita Stringer, WA Education Minister Peter Collier, YouthCARE chief executive Stanley Jeyaraj and chaplain Shane Stringer cut the ribbon to open the Itinerant School Chaplaincy Service program.