Talara Primary College has implemented a Chaplaincy program over the years. Last year (2022) we had to say farewell to our Chaplain, so we currently do not have a chaplaincy program (2023).
What do Chaplains do?
A school chaplain is a safe person for children to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and message of hope. They care for students struggling with a wide range of issues, including: family problems, confusing relationships, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying and depression.
Chaplains run positive, fun activities for children, both in and out of school, and foster a supportive, caring school community. This includes support for at-risk students, support for staff and families from the wider school community, and spiritual support and direction for the school community.
The partnership between the school and the chaplain, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help children to face issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning and purpose.