NATIONAL SCHOOL CHAPLAINCY AND STUDENT WELFARE PROGRAM
THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP
Federal Member for Charlton
Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency
Minister for Industry and Innovation
24 May 2012
11 schools in Charlton will benefit from the Federal Government’s expansion of the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
The following schools will each receive $60,000 to engage chaplains and student welfare workers to offer help and advice to young people in need:
Biraban Public School
Glendale East Public School
Lake Macquarie High School
Minmi Public School
Morisset High School
Rathmines Public School
St Paul’s High School
Teralba Public School
Toronto High School
Wallsend Public School
Wyee Public School
“The chaplaincy program has proved popular among local schools,” Member for Charlton, Greg Combet, said.
“Chaplains and student welfare workers play a vital role in schools, offering help and advice to young people in need.”
“It is good to see the Government support our local community in this way.”
The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program will deliver $222 million in funding over the next three years. These local schools are among 1,000 across the country selected to join the program, which already helps young people in 2,555 schools. It follows a number of improvements made 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.
Schools receive up to $72,000 over three years to offer chaplaincy or student welfare services to the school community. Schools must have the agreement of the school community before taking part in the program, and priority is given to schools in regional and remote areas, and in disadvantaged communities.
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.
Locally, this means Callaghan Campus Wallsend, Wallsend South Public School, West Wallsend High School, Toronto Adventist Primary School, Avondale College, Brightwaters Christian College, Charlton Christian College and Macquarie College will be able to continue accessing the program.
For more information visit: http://www.deewr.gov.au/Schooling/NSCSWP/Pages/NSCSWP_Overview.aspx