ACCESS ministries, in partnership with Churches, provides a Christian presence and
service in State schools through its religious education and pastoral care programs.
Chaplain support school communities through pastoral care of students, teachers,
families and the wider local community. School chaplaincy has been recognised as
one of the most significant youth-focused ministries for young people that is taking
place in Australian schools.
Chaplain fulfil a unique role in school communities:
- They are active in promoting student wellbeing, particularly through the provision
of pastoral care
- They encourage reflection about the spiritual dimensions of life
- They have an educative role in the areas of beliefs, values, morals, ethics and
- They work to facilitate the connection of students into the school network and wider
In Victoria, School Chaplaincy has been managed by
ACCESS ministries (formerly CCES) for over 50 years. There are currently
76 Chaplain in primary and secondary state schools. Chaplain respect the range
of religious views and cultural traditions of the school community. Chaplain have
the highest standards of professional qualifications and take part in on-going training
and accountability structures.
Chaplaincy at Balwyn High School
There has been a chaplain at the school since 1991. The Chaplain’s position is full
time. He serves as part of the student wellbeing team. He is a qualified and experienced
counsellor who is available to all members of the school community.
- The Chaplain welcomes all members of the school community, whatever their faith
traditions, and whether or not they have religious beliefs.
- Whilst the Chaplain does teach some classes, and is involved in many of the wellbeing
programs of the school, his main role is individual pastoral care and counselling.
- The Chaplain is also available to talk with parents about any issue which is concerning
them whether it is an issue concerned with a student’s schooling or a family matter.
- Where have I come from?
- Where am I going?
- Why am I here?
Representatives from local churches, staff and school parents make up a
committee which enjoys supporting the Chaplain personally, raises awareness
and funds, and functions as a sub-committee of
ACCESS ministries. More than 80% of the finances needed to fund the Chaplain
in the school are raised by this committee through the sale of Second-Hand Books
and the Uniform Exchange. Further funds have also been made available through the
National School Chaplaincy Programme.
The Chaplain and committee office-bearers can be reached by contacting the school.
Roy Hamer - (03) 9862 4128
(03) 9819 7395
- Postal Address
Balwyn Chaplaincy Committee
North Balwyn 3104
You may also be interested in:
National School Chaplaincy Programme