Good news for chaplains
FUNDS COME IN FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS
CHAPLAINCY roles at Carlisle Primary School and the South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre were under threat late last year as funding sources for some schools dry up at the end of last year.
The South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre has three sites, including one in Cloverdale.
Carlisle Primary School deputy principal Sean Laverly said funding for its two-day-aweek chaplain, shared with Bentley Primary School, was all or virtually all federally-funded.
But the school received positive news over the Christmas break when the State Government filled a $1.4 million shortfall in funding and added Carlisle Primary School to the list of schools that will get funding for chaplaincy roles.
Kent Street Senior High School in Kensington also appeared on the State-funded list.
The matter had become a political hot potato, with Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education Scott Ryan blaming the previous Labor Government for providing no funding for school chaplains or student welfare workers beyond the end of 2014.
“It is entirely a matter for the WA Government and the WA Government-appointed cross-sector panel to decide which schools receive funding under the National School Chaplaincy Program,” Senator Ryan said late last year.
“The Coalition Government will support approximately 2900 school chaplain positions nationwide from 2015-2018.”
Swan MHR Steve Irons said state governments had until March 31 to report to the Commonwealth on both the methodology used to select schools and the specific schools selected.
In December, Mr Laverly told the Southern Gazette it was a “real shame” to lose the chaplaincy role at Carlisle because the school had a high ESL population.
“The chaplain would liaise with parents whose kids were having difficulties at school or who had emotional needs especially in times of grief and when bereavements occurred overseas,” he said.
Tranby Primary School will have federal funding for a chaplain for two days a week for a further two years, after its chaplain went to Belmont City College.
“We currently do not have anyone filling the role but this will be sorted by Youthcare over the next few weeks,” principal Mark Burns said.