Junee High School Chaplaincy program 2019 – Term 2
Chaplains in different schools may have very different roles to each other. This is often influenced by the schools needs and the chaplain’s gifts and skills. My role as a chaplain has many facets at Junee High, however I try and draw on areas that I am skilled in and passionate about.
This term I will be running ethics/values classes for students who opt out of SRE. Having studied Ethics during my Degree, it is a subject that I enjoy raising and discussing in a classroom setting. We look at many different ethical issues that student may currently face or might face in the future. Issues such as friendships, relationships, road rules, respect for other cultures, equality, school life, and many more. The students have been fantastic and engage well with the lessons.
I also have been running a group for male students in Year 7. This group is a discussion based group where we talk about issues that relate specifically to male students. Some of the issues discussed are; identity, self-esteem, hope, resilience, and confidence. The boys have been really supportive of each other and contribute to all the discussions.
I meet regularly with students for mentoring and encouragement. Some of these students may not have regular contact with someone they can sit with and chat about life, issues they are facing, and concerns they might have about their current and future life circumstances. Sometimes we discuss friendships, family concerns, or general life skills.
I often have students come to my office for someone to debrief with about current issues they are facing. This may be past or ongoing grief and loss, friendship issues, social pressures, family concerns, and self-esteem. Sometimes they have been referred to me by school staff to help with anger management and resilience.
As I often tell people, I drive to Junee High with a smile on my face, and I drive home with a smile on my face. It is a fantastic school community to be a part of. I hope that I can continue to support the school community where needed as I represent JCea and the local churches in the school. One of my life mantras is “The joy of the Lord is my strength” (Nehemiah 8:10). It is this joy that sustains me, an hopefully, is passed onto those I walk beside.