The Chaplain undertakes this role at the invitation of the Worawa Aboriginal
College Committee of Management and is accountable to the Committee through the
The Chaplain brings a Christian perspective of an interdenominational nature as
per the founding Elder's wishes.
The role of the Chaplain will be to facilitate personal and pastoral care at all
levels of Worawa community life, seeking to work within the framework of the
College's philosophy of education and indigenous cultural training.
The Chaplain will be available:
to be a friend and confidant to students and staff.
to provide counselling and support.
to work to enhance the quality of life for students.
to initiate activities that will grow interpersonal relationships and
reinforce high self-esteem and positive values.
The Chaplain will assist wherever possible in areas of guidance, initiative and
action and will be an advocate for Worawa to the outside community.
Review of progress will be undertaken by the Chaplain and the Principal each
term and reported to the Committee of Management. A detailed planning proposal
for the following year will also be presented to the Committee of Management
during term four.
Conditions, requirements and support:
The Chaplain will hold normal staff status in-so-far-as requiring all the
necessary probity checks, and will be covered under the College's liability
Given that the Chaplain will not be on the payroll, financial support may come
from varied sources like churches, community and business. However the College
may choose to contribute to that support at a level set by the Committee of
According to the following principles and practice, the Chaplain is expected to:
· respect the equality of all persons involved in College life.
· demand of him or her high standards of professional competence, including the
need to accept an accountability structure.
· be open to learning through ongoing training.
· strive for excellence in ministry and service.
· lead in an open exploration of the Christian faith in an ecumenical way that
is appropriate to the age and maturity of students or others.
· respect the rights of others to have and to hold their own religious
· assist students in the discovery of life-affirming strategies for coping and
· assist in caring for the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of the
· respect all confidences shared, with the exception of what is required under
the Mandatory Reporting codes.
Specific targeted guidelines from 14/7/03 to end of year 2003
1/ The Chaplain will attempt to work with the students with the aim of fostering
respect for each other and will assist with strategies for 'getting along'.
2/ The Chaplain will work at assisting to improve the self worth of each student
through group and or one on one counselling or consultative sessions.
3/ He will assist in developing extra curricula interests and generally work
towards positive life directions for the students.
Time frame and process:
The Chaplain will attempt to achieve these aims through a consultative process
with the Principal.
The process of dealing with the students will be one of engaging them wherever
possible at College and meeting with them in specific weekly sessions.
The Chaplain's availability to achieve these goals will be via suitable times
set aside each week.