Uniform Shop Raises Funds for Chaplaincy

For over 28 years, Andrew has been the YouthCARE chaplain at Mount Lawley Senior High School and in that time has started many new programs and initiatives, one being the second-hand school uniform shop.

Andrew started the shop in 2007, sourcing second-hand uniforms from graduating students and storing them on a roller rack near his office.

Since then, the shop has grown more and more and Andrew now has hundreds of uniforms donated from families every year that he sells from a shop within the school grounds.

All the money raised goes towards his chaplaincy service in the school and in 2019 over $5,500 was raised through the uniform shop.

Andrew said the shop gave him a great connection point to students and families.

“The shop benefits me as a chaplain. I’m able to meet new students who have transferred from other schools and connect with families in our school that are struggling. I’m often the first person students meet and its great being that first connection point.

“We have parents come in to help me sort the uniforms and sell them at school events. We have an incredible school community and every year we get more and more uniforms donated.”

Michael Camilleri Associate Principal said the second-hand uniform shop was a benefit to the whole school community.

“We have embraced the second-hand uniform shop as it provides great opportunities for all our families. It reduces the financial burden some parents may feel and ensures all students feel part of our school community.”

Breakfast Club at West Coast Secondary Ed Support Centre

The 8.20am school bus arrives to drop students at West Coast Secondary Ed Support Centre in Warwick and there is a rush for who can get to Breakfast Club first.

YouthCARE chaplain Raissa is running the Breakfast Club for the third year, providing breakfast foods from cereal and yogurt to pancakes and toasted sandwiches to anyone who needs it.

“Food is social and at breakfast club, I can create repour with students and staff effectively, building positive relationships in a safe and informal environment.

“Being an Ed Support, our conversations with students often look different and are more based around social skills. The great thing about the breakfast club is that students choose to come to me and eat. I’m not coming into their space which can be daunting for some,” says Raissa.

School Principal Joanne Kriziotis said, “We’ve seen a huge increase in concentration and emotional regulation from students since starting the Breakfast Club. Positive relationships have developed between students and staff and its a great way for us to all start the day in a positive way.”

Raissa believes that the consistency of Breakfast Club is vital for many of the students.

“We consistently have Breakfast Club three times a week since it started. The routine of this is important for many of our students and it helps me build on relationships in remembering what I’ve spoken with students about previously and checking in on them again.”

The Annual Chaplaincy Formation

Our annual Formation is always a great way for our chaplains to get together and start the year well! 

This year, over 350 chaplains gathered in the Swan Valley to connect, share ideas and hear from some amazing speakers. The theme for us this year is ‘Peacemaker’ and chaplains heard from different speakers on how to be a peacemaker in their school communities. 

Rev Mark Illingworth spoke about the difference between a peacemaker and a peacekeeper and encouraged the chaplains to be bringing peace to every situation they encounter this year. He used different illustrations of swords, umbrellas and even a lightsaber to show the effects peace can have in our areas of influence. 

“At a time when there is so much conflict and dissension in our communities, chaplains can be peacemakers,” said YouthCARE CEO Stanley Jeyaraj

Chaplains were also able to gather with their Area Chaplains and other chaplains from their region to discuss the year ahead and support one another. 

“It’s always a time of year I look forward to as a chaplain. I feel so motivated and encouraged to be starting my year off with the support of other chaplains in my area,” said YouthCARE chaplain Jess. 

The Annual Bunbury Garden Party

Last Friday the Bunbury Regional YouthCARE Council held their annual Garden Party at the home of long-time supporters, Jim and Flo Cunniffe.

One hundred and seventy people attended from local churches and community groups – all supporters of the YouthCARE chaplaincy program.

This is the 17th year that Jim and Flo have hosted the event, which raises money for YouthCARE chaplaincy services in the local area through raffles, live music, and donations.

Over $3,000 has been raised through the event this year, which will go towards additional chaplaincy days in schools.

The biggest Chaplaincy Commissioning in THREE years!

What a way to start 2020!

We had our biggest induction of chaplains this week since 2017 with 21 chaplains being commissioned into their schools.

We commissioned chaplains from up north in Mount Magnet to Kalgoorlie, down to Albany and everywhere in-between.

Say hi to these fresh new faces, all starting in term one! 

Christmas spirit at Marmion and Davallia Primary Schools

For four years now, Davallia Primary School has hosted a food and toy collection for The Salvation Army in Balga. Each classroom has had a Christmas tub and the student councillors regularly collect the items over the collection period. The items were then documented, boxed up and I take them into The Salvation Army in Balga.

Text Box: Figure 6 Phil Jennings collecting Hampers from Marmion Primary School
Davallia Student Counsellors collecting items

At the end of the collection period, the Salvos send two representatives to visit our school and speak at our assembly. This year Jo and Yonni visited us and Jo explained to the community just what happens at the other end of the collection. She explained how they place all the toys out so it looks like Kmart and pack all the food into bags. Then over 400 families come through the Corps at Balga and are handed a bag of Christmas food and the parents can walk around with a trolley and choose a toy for every child in their family. The Salvos make the experience feel like a normal shopping experience to give people more respect and dignity when they come in. They are offered coffee and child care so all the toys are a surprise for the children. After Jo and Yonni shared with the school, our Head Boy and Head Girl presented our last donations to them.

Head Boy Ethan and Head Girl Sophie with Yonni and Jo from the Salvation Army

Salvos at Marmion in 2019

This year Marmion Primary School also wanted to give to families in need so a few teachers put some tubs in all the classrooms and I emailed a list of appropriate non-perishable food and new toys and gifts for The Salvation Army Appeal. Over two weeks’ students bought many things in to their classroom hamper. On the same day we had some Salvos visiting the Davallia assembly, I arranged for a visitor to speak and share at Marmion Primary school.

Phil Jennings collecting Hampers from Marmion Primary School

Phil Jennings from the Balga Corps (who has visited Davallia many times now) came  to Marmion and told them about what happens at the Balga Corps around Christmas time. Marmion got to hear about the hundreds of families that need some help at Christmas time and how their donations can make a big difference. After Phil shared at the assembly he collected the 16 hampers from the Marmion community and took them back to The Salvation Army Corps in Balga where they will be sorted. The food will go into food bags for families and the toys will go to the ‘shop’ for parents to choose items that suit their children individually. The Salvos do such and amazing job supporting 400-500 families in their area and that area is located not far away from both these schools. It’s just at the other end of Beach Rd. It was wonderful to see both schools get behind such a local cause at Christmas time

‘The Christmas Shop’ gifts and toys displayed for parents to choose gifts for their children

Written by YouthCARE Chaplain Louisa Read

City of Bayswater Visits YouthCARE

The City of Bayswater Mayor Dan Bull visited the YouthCARE office to meet with our CEO Stanley Jeyaraj and the Principals and Chaplains from some of the local schools.

The City of Baywater has been a long term generous contributor to the Chaplaincy programme in the area and along with staff from the City we were able to express our thanks in a morning tea. We look forward to continuing this relationship as we partner in the delivery of services in the area.

A big thank-you to representatives from Morley SHS, Hampton SHS, John Forrest SHS and Maylands-Peninsula PS to join in the celebration.

Others present in the group photo Sue Gilchrist Principal of Morley SHS, Paul Andrijich Principal Maylands Peninsula Primary School and Tony Granich Student Services Manager from Hampton SHS. Chaplains Sam Oey, Phil Glossop, Didier Mutanda and Eva Johnson were also present. Mel Dias and Michelle Fletcher from City of Bayswater

City of Gosnells Cheque Presentation

On 5 December, at New Hope Church in Martin, the new Mayor of the City of Gosnells, David Goode JP, presented a cheque for $45,085.70 to YouthCARE’s CEO, Stanley Jeyaraj.

It was a great afternoon. Paul Botcher – Principal of Canning Vale College – spoke about his long association with YouthCARE, and his support for the school chaplaincy program.

The Deputy Mayor – Cr Peter Abetz was there, as was Dean Caddy, the Chair and Treasurer of the Gosnells YouthCARE Council.

Applecross Supporters Gathering

Applecross YouthCARE Council held an end-of-year Principal and Supporters afternoon tea.

Dean Nalder MLA joined us and expressed his thanks to all.

This was the last official Applecross YCC meeting. New things are happening!

Next year, they’ll merge into Applecross-Melville YouthCARE Council, supporting the schools and chaplains in the greater part of the City of Melville.