Chaplaincy is a well-accepted and valued pastoral care model in many parts of society (eg defence forces, sports, industry, hospitals etc). The Chaplaincy Service at this school is provided by a Pastoral Care Worker (PCW), on behalf of the local combined Christian community, employed by Schools Ministry Group (SMG).
The aim of this service is to offer pastoral support to students, staff and the school community. Gawler & District College B-12 has two Pastoral Care Workers; Ailsa Roberts works in the Junior School on Wednesday’s and Josh Sanders works in the Middle and Senior School throughout the week.
Our Pastoral Care Worker supports our school community in the following ways:
- Working closely and in partnership with leadership and other wellbeing staff in the school to provide pastoral care and practical support to students, families and staff as requested
- Providing pastoral care in a ‘first response’ capacity to critical incidents, referring to specialist support, and to provide ongoing presence and follow up
- Being well positioned to work across the whole school to ‘build a sense of’ community, harmony and cohesion
Being trained and equipped to provide our school with a unique dimension of social, emotional and spiritual support in line with the Department for Education wellbeing framework