An Evening of Thankfulness
The change from the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program to the 2015-2018 National School Chaplaincy Program came with much uncertainty as administration of the program transferred from the Federal to State government. When it became apparent that the release of funding for the beginning of the 2015 school year would be delayed, individuals, churches and communities rallied, fund raisied and pledged approximately $1 million dollars to enable Pastoral Care Workers (PCWs) to go into their schools for the start of the new year
On Thursday 12th of February SMG hosted an Evening of Thanks at Burnside City Uniting Church attended by PCWs, support groups, school staff and students and church members. Sacred Stone opened the evening with worship followed by students reading comments from other young people about what was the best thing about having their PCW at school. Reverend Matthew Bond from the Burnside Inter Church Council shared about the importance of the relationship between PCWs, schools and church community.
Sheila Chehade, PCW at Burnside PS shared why she was glad to be present in her school. To the communities who sacrificed for her and PCWs across the state. She says “We are able to care because you have worked and prayed and worked some more and raised funds to put us here. We don’t take for granted the effort it has taken to provide such an amazing amount of money. So, on behalf of all the Pastoral Care Workers, and behalf of all the students, families and staff that it has meant something to, THANK YOU!”