College Chaplaincy Program

The College Chaplains aim to support students' social, emotional and spiritual well-being through small groups, one-on-one conversations and targeted intervention programs. College Chaplains liaise with parents/guardians, College staff and external agencies.

The Junior School and Senior School Chaplains are key members of our pastoral care team, working closely with our psychologists and student counsellor. All services provided by our Chaplains to members of the College community are done so on a voluntary basis. Students can contact the Chaplains either through Students Services (Senior School) or Administration (Junior School).  Each year the College community is surveyed to gain feedback on the program.

 

Meet the Chaplains

 

Junior School Chaplain – Trevor Sykes

I am new to the chaplaincy role at Swan Christian College Junior School in 2018. It is a great honour and privilege to be able to work with the students, families and staff in the school community. I am very excited about the role and look forward to many exciting times ahead as we share the journey of the junior years together.

My role will initially entail building relationships with the students and becoming familiar with their environment, to position myself to offer the best level of support possible. I will work closely with the teachers and be a regular presence in the classroom and playground, so that I can connect with the students in their day to day settings. As needs arise, I’ll meet with students 1-1 and in groups to work through the various challenges they may be facing. I hope to provide a strong presence at assemblies, excursions, camps and other activities throughout the year.

I have a background in pastoral work and coaching and I’m keen to combine these two passions to create a safe, enjoyable and rewarding space for students to grow in their faith and confidence, to be the best they can be. Chaplaincy is a ministry of presence and I plan to be available at all times; with an open door and friendly face that is always here to help the students, families and staff at Swan Christian College.

 

 

Senior School Chaplain - Rachel Thyer

2018 is my seventh year as Chaplain in the Swan Christian College Senior School. As Chaplain I meet with Senior School students both individually and in small groups to discuss a variety of issues and topics, including social and emotional issues. I meet with students on a self-referral basis or at the request of a teacher or parent. I offer support to students and refer on to counsellors and other pastoral care members where appropriate.

I am excited to also be facilitating a course called Vetamorphus, which is a Certificate III in Christian Ministry and Theology. The course is available to Year 11 students and is running at Swan for its sixth year. It is a great opportunity for students to ask questions, mature in their faith and think through some of life’s tough questions. I enjoy getting involved in College life through Christian Union and attending camps to get to know the students. I am passionate about supporting our students through their Senior School years and equipping them for their futures.

 

Acknowledgement

The Chaplaincy Project is partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.