For Your Attention
What to bring to your next support group meeting
The news we’ve all been waiting for has arrived!
The Federal Government has announced in the Federal May Budget that they will continue to partner fund School Chaplaincy via the National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) with $247 million over four years from 2019 and make it permanent.
This is an affirming acknowledgment of the difference you are making in caring, connecting and contributing to school communities with your Pastoral Care Workers, and our thanks goes to the Government for its recognition of your ministry. We encourage you to reach out to your local Federal MPs to thank them for their part in ensuring this vital funding is continued.
Thank you for uniting in the efforts to demonstrate the importance of school chaplaincy work to school communities.
What this means in terms of distribution of funds to South Australia and how schools will apply, will be decided by Dept for Education in SA at a later date in the year. We will continue to let you know what we know as soon as we can gain that information.
The SMG Board and Leadership will now continue to plan for 2019 and beyond with an invigorated optimism for school chaplaincy in SA, and we look forward to consulting and collaborating more with you.
In the meantime, it is time to celebrate and continue to confidently serve SA school communities together!
- The last SUPPORT GROUP UPDATE by direct email to you was sent on 6 or 7 March - please read and note (p.s. Have you informed or invited your Regional Manager to attend your meeting? They can bring extra detail and answers to your questions.
- Your PBR funding considerations and contributions for your PCW(s) for term 3, 2018
- mark your diaries: SMG CONFERENCE 2018 for your PCWs will be on Tues evening SEPT 25 – Thurs afternoon SEPT 27 that's the last week of term 3, and will be back at SEATON Christian Family Centre (we’ll invite you to the specific parts later).
There is still some funding available as part of a small grant from the Department of Social Services to assist with Police Clearances for SMG Volunteers.
All Support Group or Church Volunteers that are involved in a regular breakfast, lunchtime or other activity in support of their SMG School Chaplain must have a current DCSI – child related screening clearance for volunteers. Most schools arrange for the clearance to be completed by the volunteer and they pay for the screening cost from their own budget. Where a school refuses to do this, or have already exhausted their budget, some Support Groups and individuals have paid for these screening costs.
Where a Support Group or individual is faced with covering the initial or renewal cost of a DCSI child related screening to help their SMG School Chaplain, SMG will be able to cover the cost of the DCSI screening for up to 42 volunteers across the state.
There is a procedure to follow explaining how you can access this grant that we will email to you again in the week beginning 12 March or ask us to send it to you. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.
Recent Past Notes you may have missed:
- Metro Support Group Forum was held on Thursday 23 Nov 2017 @ SMG: Notes have been distributed by email to you on 29 Nov. Please read and share.
- Tell your other Support Group members about this page for continually updated and one stop info for church leaders and bookmark it for easy return.
Stories to share
BUILDING BIKES AND BOYS
Kieran Smith, the PCW at Nairne PS has been innovating bicycle repair to build into middle and upper primary school boys lives. His ‘Build a Bike’ bicycle repair program, donates finished bikes to ‘Bikes for Refugees’, received a local grant from the Hahndorf Lions Club – Community 100 program, and won the School Award for school-based projects in the Premiers Awards in late 2017!
The school leadership has been very positive and encouraging of this community engagement project, and it’s more than refugee families that benefit!
These boys benefit from the interest of an adult in their lives and a positive, achievable project to work on together. Students not only learn practical skills in bike maintenance, they also have the opportunity to explore character building as they confront the challenges associated with working on old bikes, and the space to talk about the highs and lows of life.
This initiative is more than bikes, it’s about changing the trajectory of young boys lives! To look beyond themselves to work together, to look beyond the bikes to the needs of others in the community, to look beyond this project to see what else they are capable of and how to make a difference!
Stories from our Newsletters
How do you engage with and connect with students who may not be sporty, have a small group of friends, or feel like they are on the outside? Andrew Kieselbach, PCW at Banksia Park International High School along with teacher Sally Johannes thought they would give a lunchtime trivia quiz a go. Four years on - 100 students and 15 teachers roll up each week during the winter months to test their knowledge....click here for more
LOCAL CHURCH VOLUNTEERS
When Jenni Forder PCW at Coromandel Valley Primary School was approached by some Year 3 students asking to learn how to knit, she headed straight to the Anglican Church next door to ask the craft group ladies if they could help!...click here for more
Bryan Sellars, Pastor of Northern Communities of Hope Church in Davoren Park was presented with the SMG Community Innovation Award at the recent SMG Celebrating the Value of Community night. The church provides a regular community lunch, and Bryan wanted to get students from local schools involved to help them learn skills and connect with people in their community....click here for more
CHANGING A COMMUNITY
Kangaroo Island is unique; it is one of the top four tourism destinations in this country and the third largest Island in Australia. Conrad Tickner is the SMG Pastoral Care Worker at Kangaroo Island Community Education (KICE) which is a multi-campus school made up of three sites on the island at Penneshaw, Parndana and Kingscote. Maxine McSherry, Principal of KICE nominated Conrad for the SMG Innovation Award to recognise the positive impact he is making in the community.....click here for more
ADVOCATE, PEACEKEEPER AND INTERPRETER
For over six years, Kerry Crowden has provided a Chaplaincy Service to Meadows and Macclesfield Primary Schools, and more recently to Eastern Fleurieu Ashbourne Campus. “There was one child who had severe separation anxiety each day when his mum dropped him off at school. I thought that sharing an activity together might help so over four weeks we built some tall ships together while he shared his feelings and fears....click here for more
WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
SMG had nine School Chaplains in the affected bushfire zone, and one year on those Chaplains continue to provide pastoral and practical support to children and families in their local communities” said Rev. Dr. Lynn Arnold. Tracey Butter, SMG School Chaplain at Tarlee and Hamley Bridge Primary Schools shared what it was like for children and parents during the Pinery Fires....click here for more
CHAPLAINCY SERVICES PROMO VIDEOS
To access the Chaplaincy Services Promo Video Church Edition click here
To access the Chaplaincy Services Promo Video Extended Church Edition click here
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