READERS have had a conversation on facebook about our local Chaplains.
It might be controversial to say this but rather than well-meaning volunteers attending to ‘Pastoral’ work the community might be better served to raise money to fund a properly qualified trained professional... for the job in a vital environment like a school. Religion has no place in state schools whether Muslim, Buddhist or Hindu... — David Goebel
David, they are not volunteers. They ARE trained and paid... Chappies
play a vital role in making our students ready for effective learning. They are not permitted to discuss religious practices or ideology... — Terri McMeniman ■ I see what you’re saying perhaps they should use another name like ‘public school attendants’, ‘civil school partners’ or ‘guidance aids’ rather than use ‘chaplain’ or ‘chappies’ which is defined as: ‘a member of the clergy attached to private chapel, institution, school, ship or regiment’... — David Goebel