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Report on the Wandin & Seville Primary Schools Chaplaincy Support Breakfast held at St James Hall Beenak Rd Wandin Saturday morning the 28th of October.


Around forty people, representing members of the business and professional community in the villages of Wandin and Seville, two sitting councillors, Tim Heenan and Graham Warren and Church members met over a continental breakfast to hear of the work of the Chaplain, Ruth Whitefield in the local schools. Also attending the morning were two Family First candidates and Liberal Member Christine Fyfe. After a warm welcome from the Vicar Rev Phil Gale and some hilarious 'Graces' from the MC Harold Taylor, the food was served by St James members and Adrian Austin entertained with voice and guitar. 
The two school Principals, David Rosendale (Acting) of Wandin Yallock and Pat Hillas of Seville had called for and sponsored the breakfast in order to raise awareness in the community of the role of the Chaplain. They spoke of the importance of her work and the key role that she plays in their schools. They both said that if funding were available, they could keep her well-employed full time. Children, parents and staff all draw on her recourses. David and Pat then spoke of their passion to teach and work with children and of the changes that have occurred over the years that have resulted in the school environment of today. They reported that the school now played a larger role in society due to the ever-increasing number of family breakdowns. They said that that figure was now approaching 50%. Ruth, the Chaplain, then spoke of her passion and God given heart for being there for kids in and through all the sadness' and joys of life. She used the collective term for all of these as life events. Ruth spends one day per week in each school, as well as Woori Yallock. Ironically, although Chaplaincy is not currently government funded, at the time of writing this article an announcement has been made to provide some funding. However currently funds have to be raised locally and voluntarily. Sponsorship programs are in place and information packs are available from David Rosendale at the Wandin Yallock school.
Graeme Dawson 0409 517273



Report on the Wandin & Seville Primary Schools Chaplaincy Support Breakfast held at St James Hall Beenak Rd Wandin Saturday morning the 20th of May.


   

Over forty people, representing members of the business and professional community in the villages of Wandin and Seville, the two sitting councillors, Tim Heenan and Graham Warren and Church members met over a continental breakfast to hear of the work of the Chaplain, Ruth Whitefield in the local schools. After a warm welcome from the Vicar Rev Phil Gale and some hilarious ‘Graces’ from the MC Harold Taylor, the food was served by St James members. All were entertained by the guitar and voice of local musician Adrian Austin.

The two school Principals, Colin U’ren of Wandin Primary and Pat Hillas of Seville had called for and sponsored the breakfast in order to raise awareness in the community of the role of the Chaplain. They spoke of the importance of her work and even went to the lengths of using phrases like ‘the cement that holds the school together’ and ‘an essential part of school life in 2006’. They both spoke of their passion to teach and work with children and of the changes that have occurred over the years that have resulted in the school environment of today. They reported that the school now played a larger role in society including picking up the slack when it came to dysfunctional parenting, inadequate care of children and even at times and arbitrary role between separated parents. Ruth, the Chaplain, spoke of her passion and God given heart for being there for kids in and through all the sadness’ and joys of life. She used the collective term for all of these as life events. Ruth spends one day per week in each school, as well as Woori Yallock, but when asked how much more time she could put in, she replied, all week in each school. Chaplaincy is not government funded so funds have to be raised locally and voluntarily. Sponsorship programs are in place and information packs are available from Colin U’ren at the Wandin school.

Graeme Dawson 0409 517273

 





 

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