Fund prayers an­swered

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Opinion -

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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey d436748

School chap­lain Jeanette Ste­wart with Meilani Maggs, Tris­tan Owen, Dy­lan McK­er­lie, Ava Drew, Bran­don Mudd, Estrella Ponto and Ky­nan Hansen.

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