SEEING CHAPLAINCY FOR WHAT IT REALLY IS

THE CHURCH AND SCHOOL COMMUNITIES PARTNERING FOR STUDENT WELLBEING

Above: Rohan Battersby: Pastoral Care Worker at Melaleuca Park Primary School. Background Image supplied by Melaleuca Park Primary School.

Above: Rohan Battersby: Pastoral Care Worker at Melaleuca Park Primary School. Background Image supplied by Melaleuca Park Primary School.

Prior to moving to Mount Gambier, Rohan Battersby spent 16 years as a Paramedic in Adelaide. “I was regularly expected to perform in difficult and complex situations.” Rohan reflects about his time in the role.

When Rohan moved to Mount Gambier, he was invited to start participating with the Mount Gambier and District Ministers Association. “It was during one of our meetings that Paul Hodgson, (SMG Regional Manager), advertised the chaplaincy role at Melaleuca and I felt to apply. I had other paid ministerial offers during that time but felt God wanted me at Melaleuca.

Unfortunately, my perception of school chaplaincy had been that it was the training ground for novice youth leaders or quasi-professionals. Now, after having spent time at Melaleuca Park Primary School I can say this perception was incorrect.

I can honestly say that my role as a Chaplain has made me draw on every personal and professional resource I possess. I have discovered this requirement is not peculiar to my school.

Teachers are wellbeing champions before they are educators and Pastoral Care Workers hold hands with them to ‘value add’.

Chaplaincy represents the slimmest window of opportunity, the door open the narrowest of cracks, the smallest bridge of potential for church and state to officially partner together for the wellbeing of children.” said Rohan during his commissioning service.

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