Fund prayers answered
NINE schools in the Southern Gazette area will receive funding for an in-school chaplain.
The news came as a preBudget announcement by Education Minister Peter Collier.
“We’ve listened to the concerns of principals and communities and all 500 public schools which identified a need and applied for chaplaincy funding will now receive it,” he said.
YouthCARE local area chaplain Terryl Welsh said chaplains played an important role in mediation and conflict resolution.
“By focusing on the well being of students, parents and journeying with teachers in WA school communities, we’re making a real contribution to educational outcomes,” he said.
Collier Primary School principal Kevin Saunders said the funding would enable the school to keep its chaplain, Jeanette Stewart.
“Before the funding came through we saw the need to keep her and were funding her at the school through the P&C, school and the YouthCARE Council,” he said.
“Now we can redirect those funds that we had to use to other resources both educationally and socially.”
Ms Stewart said the funding meant she was now guaranteed two days at the school until the end of 2016.
“I run parent and student workshops dealing with media impact, self esteem and social and emotional factors,” she said.
“I see students one-on-one as a person they can talk to and share their concerns.”
School chaplain Jeanette Stewart with Meilani Maggs, Tristan Owen, Dylan McKerlie, Ava Drew, Brandon Mudd, Estrella Ponto and Kynan Hansen.