My name is Alan Silverwood, and I have been the Chaplain at Great Ryrie PS since 2007. The Federal Government provides funds through the National School Chaplaincy Program. This provides for two days, and the third day is made possible by donations from local churches and individuals, plus fundraising by our Support Group. The Chaplaincy program is a voluntary program within our school, and it continues to be well-appreciated , as evidenced by the numbers of students and parents accessing the program, and by the school council support.
If you would like to make a donation towards our Chaplaincy program, you can follow the link below to Inspire Chaplaincy. Donations are not currently tax-deductible, but we are awaiting positive news about this soon.
The Chaplaincy program exists to provide pastoral care across the whole school community, whatever the issues, in an inclusive, secular, non-denominational way. As a Christian, I am also able to provide support in matters of faith, with parent permission, as well as support in all areas of life. For students to access the program, an approval form needs to be completed by a parent/guardian. Here is the link to the parent approval form which you can download and complete if you would like me to meet with your child.
If you would like to contact me, feel free to phone me at school on 98706098 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also help to link you into local support networks that might be of benefit to you and your family.
I am here on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. I am available to meet with students and parents, to help with issues such as friendship, family conflict, anger, anxiety and self esteem.
There are many ways in which we can support each other in our school community. One of my contributions is through a weekly article for our school newsletter. You can find copies of recent articles under the Chaplaincy menu.
If there are any difficulties regarding the program, please contact the Principal.