The School Chaplaincy program has been running at Clarkson Primary for over 11 years. Our current School Chaplain, Laura Butshiire, has been working as Clarkson Primary School's in-school chaplain since 2014.
A Chaplain's primary role is to care for the social and emotional well-being of students, staff and parents by being a listening ear and an encourage. To do this, Laura often speaks with students individually, spends time in classrooms, runs group programs and works together with the student services team to ensure quality pastoral care is provided to the whole school community.
Laura has been heavily involved in Clarkson's pursuit to become a more mentally healthy school, and has worked alongside Act-Belong-Commit to help achieve this. Laura often liaises with outside agencies and refers families to ensure the best care possible, as well as playing a key part in transitioning our graduating Year 6 classes to high school, providing additional support where necessary.
Laura also runs our Breakfast Club every Monday (8-8:30am in the Community Room), coordinates our after school sports program, and gives away dozens of bread rolls and loaves to families each Wednesday.To keep up to date with the latest information regarding Chaplaincy, be sure to read "Chaplain's Chat" in the newsletter.
Laura is on our school site three days per week: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. To get in contact with Laura or to make an appointment, please phone the school on 9305 1800.
C - Carer - Providing pastoral care, being there to care for children and whole school community.
H - Helper - The chaplain’s role is to help the school on many fronts, especially to help students to have the resilience to work through problems. These issues may include family/home relationship, grief, low esteem, dealing with feelings, bullying etc.
A - Accessible - The chaplain is available to children, teachers and parents, who can make an appointment to see the chaplain and talk through issues. Where relevant, they can be referred to appropriate external agencies or organisations for further assistance.
P - Positive Presence - Being there, and being someone the children can turn to, is probably the most powerful role of the chaplain, who is a positive influence on the school community in general
L - Listener - The chaplain is a listening ear in times of need. The chaplain will keep confidentiality as required in a pastoral care situation. However, any concerns that may relates to any form a ‘abuse’ or where a child may be ‘at risk’ will be reported to the Principal, as required by the Department of Education Guidelines
A - Activities - Being involved in regular school activities such as outings, carnivals, special events etc. enable the chaplain to get to know people in the school community even better, and build a foundation of trust.
I - Interested in Individuals - The chaplain respects each person in the school community and understands the importance of an individualised approach. Regardless of a person’s background, culture, religion, race, gender, ethnicity etc. the chaplain is genuinely interested in each child’s welfare and well-being.
N - Not a Teacher - Not being a teacher or an administrator in the school, frees the chaplain on a number of fronts. A chaplain does not have an ‘authoritative’ role within the school and therefore is able to come alongside students, casually and non-intrusively, so student’s can develop trust and confidence in knowing that there is someone to turn to.