New chaplains for schools

May 25, 2012 by J-Wire Staff
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Australian students will soon have more support, with 1000 new chaplains and student welfare workers due to start work in schools.

Peter Garret

Jewish schools under the plan include

–       Yesodei Ha Torah is an independent religious Jewish day school for boys (Prep –Y9, FTE 117) located in Elwood Vic, and.
–       Kesser Torah is an independent religious Jewish co-educational school (Child care services from age 0, preschool and K-12), located in Dover Heights.

Also, as part of the announcement, the Government has announced the schools which already have a chaplain/welfare worker in place, and will continue to receive funding to be a part of the program.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today announced the 1000 new schools to take part in the Gillard Government’s National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

“The Gillard Government last year announced a number of improvements to the program, including expanding it to include student welfare workers, strengthening the complaints process, and introducing minimum qualifications and benchmark standards for service providers,” Mr Garrett said.

“The chaplaincy program has been very popular among schools and the changes we introduced mean that not only are more schools now benefiting from the scheme, but school communities have more choice over how they wish to take part.

“Of the 1000 new schools taking part, 65 per cent applied for the services of a chaplain, and 35 per cent for a student welfare worker.”

Mr Garrett said as part of the expansion and continuation of the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program, schools with existing chaplains or student welfare workers submitted applications to continue the services in their schools.

“Today we’re also announcing that 2,555 schools with existing chaplains or welfare workers are able to continue accessing the program, thanks to $222 million in funding over the next three years,” Mr Garrett said.

“Schools receive up to $72,000 over three years to offer chaplaincy or student welfare services to the school community.

“The 1000 new schools, which were selected from a vast range of applications, had to have the agreement of the school community before taking part in the program, and priority was given to schools in regional and remote areas, and in disadvantaged communities.

“I am delighted to offer this support to an additional 1000 schools,” Mr Garrett said.

The schools which have existing chaplains in place are:

Adass Israel School ELSTERNWICK
Carmel School DIANELLA
Leibler Yavneh College ELSTERNWICK
Masada College High School ST IVES
Mount Scopus Memorial College (Gandel-Besen House) ST KILDA EAST
Mount Sinai CollegeMAROUBRA
Sholem Aleichem College ELSTERNWICK
Sinai College BURBANK
The King David School ARMADALE
Yeshivah and Beth Rivkah Colleges ST KILDA EAST


One Response to “New chaplains for schools”
  1. South says:

    Massada College (Adelaide) closed in July 2011 and government funding for Jewish chaplaincy in schools in SA ceased.

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