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Evaluative Report Introduction This essay will evaluate chaplaincy positions from two different settings. These are primary school and high school. Due to the fact that private or Christian schools expectations vary greatly compared to that of a public school, this essay will not reflect a Christian schools perspective. It will deal directly with the role of a chaplain within a Government based public school setting. Primary School When examining the role of chaplaincy from a primary school perspective the first thing that is obvious is the amount of involvement parents have within the school. This includes classroom participation, volunteering on excursions and being actively involved within the P&C. Since enrolment in Qld is an average of 339 ( Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007; The State of Queensland, 2008), a chaplain will be able to get to know a rather high percentage of children throughout the course of the year. These numbers, however, will change the dynamics of the chaplaincy role a great deal as the chaplain not only needs to address the needs of the students, but also those of the parents, if the chaplain wishes to make a significant contribution to the school and the higher the attendance, the more difficult this task becomes. Ways in which the chaplain can become involved in the school include: joining the P&C or volunteering for as many events that are sponsored by the P&C as possible. Assisting teachers in the classroom environment via reading, literacy or numeracy activities, library time or even during swimming lessons. Attending school functions, school camps, excursions and staff meetings. Becoming a part of the school community is vital to the role of a primary school chaplain if they are to understand the ethos of their school as well as the needs that are relevant to their school community. A primary school chaplain’s day usually consists of actively greeting the students in the morning by walking around the school premises and talking individually with each 1
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student they meet. They also greet any parents who physically drop off their children at the school. This is an essential part of the chaplain’s role if they are to get to know the families of the students in attendance (Pohlmann D, 2006, pg 33). The rest of the morning could consist of one on one meetings with students or parents or actively assisting in the classroom environment. There may be activities that have been organized via the school or the chaplaincy program, which the chaplain would also need to attend. Eg RE lessons (Hann, 2002, pg. 31), special speakers, parade or P&C meetings. Lunch hours involve the chaplain actively participating in the student’s lives through sports activities, sitting with the children and talking or playing other games that are centred around the students (Pohlmann D, 2006, pg 29). This is an excellent opportunity for the chaplain to get to know the children outside the classroom environment and begin to address individual needs as they arise. At times a student
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This note was uploaded on 09/06/2010 for the course SS 12 taught by Professor Lizstevens during the Spring '08 term at Heritage Christian.

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