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. 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
Middle School Chaplain - Gemma Daniels
It is a great privilege to be able to serve the community at Swan Christian College in the role of Middle School Chaplain. Previously I have served as a Primary School Chaplain in Margaret River, where my family and I lived for more than a decade, as well as being involved in youth ministry at my local church. I have a background in social work where I have seen the benefits of utilising well researched best practice principles; these will enable me to support young people as they begin the journey of adolescence. Middle school is a time of immense growth opportunities, where young people can begin to explore areas that excite and challenge them, and I hope to encourage a positive perspective on this time as opposed to the negative image of adolescence that is often portrayed in society. I am passionate about supporting people to achieve their God given potential and aim to encourage a sense of hope through my interactions with students, caregivers, and staff.
Relationship building is key to my role and it is my hope that throughout the year I will have many opportunities to get to know this community through shared experiences, storytelling, and individual ‘catch ups’. I work closely with the Student Services team to enable a safe and supportive environment for all students and welcome the opportunity to speak to students and caregivers who may need additional support. I also love hearing ‘good news’ stories from students. A listening ear and friendly smile go a long way in a world that often feels overwhelming; I encourage all people to reveal kindness to others and believe that together we can make a difference in this world.
The Chaplaincy Project is partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.