Our current school Chaplain is Mr Michael Walker. The Chaplain at Kerang Technical High School is part of the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) provided for by the Department with the support of the school and the local community. It is designed to support the emotional wellbeing of students by providing pastoral care services and strategies that support the emotional wellbeing of the broader school community. Pastoral care is defined by NSCP as:
“the practice of looking after the personal needs of students, not just their academic needs, through the provision of general spiritual and personal advice.”
Chaplains in government schools are guided by the Department’s Principles for Health and Wellbeing that underpin effective professional practice to promote and support optimal health, wellbeing and educational outcomes for students.
In Kerang Technical High School the role of the Chaplain is to listen, facilitate, and, at times, direct strategies to those he or she may work with. The chaplain is responsible for the welfare of students, their families, staff and the wider school community. This will be achieved through supporting students, their families and staff, either individually or in groups, by developing and facilitating programmes that address social, behavioural, welfare, developmental and protection needs. The Chaplain also has a role to direct members of the school community to other agencies as required.