Erindale College recognises the benefits that the chaplaincy service can provide to students and the college community. The college also recognises the right of students to choose whether to engage with the chaplaincy service and to participate in activities and events organised or run by the chaplain. The chaplaincy service forms one part of the provision of support for wellbeing for members of the college community.
"The objectives of the program are to assist Erindale College provide pastoral care and general spiritual, social and emotional comfort to all students, irrespective of their faith or beliefs."* The chaplaincy service supports students, their families and staff of all beliefs and does not seek to impose any beliefs or persuade an individual to adhere to a particular set of beliefs. Participation by students in programs, events and activities organised by the Chaplain is voluntary. The college does not require participation as a condition of enrolment.
*ACT National School Chaplaincy Program Guidelines Sec 1.2
The chaplaincy service at Erindale College is provided by the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) funded by the Department of Education and Training through the funding recipient School Chaplaincy ACT (SC ACT). The National School Chaplaincy Program operates in the ACT under the guidelines referenced below. Chaplains have a key role in supporting the spiritual wellbeing of students, regardless of faith or beliefs. The Chaplaincy Service supports students, their families and staff of all beliefs and does not seek to impose any beliefs or persuade an individual toward a particular set of beliefs.
The chaplain will work in collaboration with the Student Services team under the supervision of the Executive Teacher Students at Erindale College and in collaboration with the Deputy Principal. Activities as part of the chaplaincy will address student well-being and will promote student voice. These may include:
The college community participates in an ongoing consultation process to ensure that the program continues to be relevant and effective for the needs of our school community. The consultation includes:
Erindale College Chaplaincy Policy and Procedures: http://www.Erindalec.act.edu.au/our_college/policies
National School Chaplaincy Association: http://schoolchaplaincy.org.au/
National School Chaplaincy Programme: https://education.gov.au/national-school-chaplaincy-programme