Our Chaplain, La’Mont Ferreira

Chaplaincy is a Christian Ministry under the C.H.I.P.S. (Christians Helping In Primary Schools). It is relational in nature and builds bridges of trust, confidence and competency among students, staff and parents.
Chaplaincy has at its core Pastoral Care. It involves a mixture of pastoral care, counselling, nurturing, teaching and support.
Chaplaincy is funded by the State Government Department of Education and Training under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.  Narre Warren North Primary School consults the school community annually to gain feedback regarding Chaplaincy. This is done through a whole school survey.

What does Narre Warren North Primary School’s Chaplaincy offer?

Chaplaincy provides a resource that helps to help meet the spiritual and pastoral needs of students, staff and parents. This includes care and acceptance to all, regardless of race, gender, religious or cultural background.
Chaplaincy provides an educational resource for teachers in the classroom.
Chaplaincy provides support for children who need help dealing with grief and loss, divorce, fears, behavioural problems, low self esteem and relationship issues.
Chaplaincy provides a safe environment for people to share with someone who will listen.
Chaplaincy provides assistance in times of crisis.
It also provides opportunities for weekend and day away activities.

How do children benefit from Chaplaincy?

Unconditional acceptance
One to one referral sessions
Support group sessions
Building self esteem and hope
Games, art and teaching activities.

How can I access the Chaplain’s services?

Should you feel that your child may benefit from the Chaplaincy service please speak to the classroom teacher or Assistant Principal.  Narre Warren North Primary School Chaplaincy currently operates two days per week. Support may be provided for a single session or for a period of time at no cost to the parent/guardian. It is a voluntary service and as such parents opt in.  If at any time a parent decides that they do not wish for their child to continue in the program they will need to notify the school.
The student/Chaplain session may take place during class time or during lunch hour out of the classroom with teacher and parent permission.
The Chaplain is available for informal chats to discuss any issues of concern to support students and can be contacted through the School Office.  At times the school may deem that other support services, such as a psychologist or guidance officer, may be a more appropriate service and will communicate this to parents.

Chaplaincy is a Christian Ministry under C.H.I.P.S. (Christians Helping In Primary Schools). It is relational in nature and builds bridges of trust, confidence and competency among students, staff and parents.
Chaplaincy has at its core Pastoral Care. It involves a mixture of pastoral care, counselling, nurturing, teaching and support.
Chaplaincy is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

Please direct any feedback regarding the Chaplaincy program to the Principal or Assistant Principal.