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.

Melville 30 year Celebration

Melville YouthCARE Council celebrated over 30 years of service with an end-of-year catch up with their local chaplains, hosted by Melville Baptist Church.

YouthCARE thanked six of its council members for over 100 years of service between them.

Cheryl and Barbara from the Council and were celebrated for 30 years each of loyal support for their chaplains and communities!

Long serving chaplain, Anni Crouch shared thanks and fond memories on behalf of the chaplains.

Melville YCC may have finished as we know it, but four of its members will take their dedication and knowledge with them to join with others to form the new Applecross Melville YouthCARE Council.

Cutting Cake – Cheryl, Anni and Barbara

2019 Snapshot

We’ve had another successful year of providing chaplaincy services to thousands of students, school staff and families in state schools across Western Australia.

Here’s a snapshot of the positive impact YouthCARE chaplains had in 2019, thanks to your support:

YouthCARE 2019 Snapshot

YouthCARE was established in 1972 by its WA member churches and, following our appointment for 2020 and beyond as the preferred provider of chaplaincy services by the Department of Education, we look forward to continuing to represent them to deliver chaplaincy in schools across Western Australia.

Click on the video below to see just a little of what a YouthCARE Chaplain does.

We look forward to continuing to work with you to provide hope for young peoples’ futures by helping them achieve their best at school, create positive relationships and contribute to their communities. 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

YouthCARE Chaplaincy Update

In October we held our annual Chaplaincy Conference for over 400 chaplains who provide YouthCARE services across WA. We welcomed the Minister for Education and Training Hon. Sue Ellery MLC who warmly acknowledged YouthCARE as the significant and long-standing school chaplaincy provider in Western Australia. The Minister reiterated the importance of YouthCARE chaplains in schools and their positive contribution she has seen first hand.

As schools are informed about funding outcomes, we look forward to continuing our long-standing relationship with local school communities and the Department of Education in providing essential chaplaincy services across Western Australia. 

20 years of chaplaincy support in Nedlands

For over 20 years the City of Nedlands has been supporting YouthCARE chaplaincy services in providing essential pastoral care for school communities in the local area.

This year the City’s donation of over $12,000 is going towards YouthCARE services at Shenton College and Swanbourne Primary School, collectively supporting over 2,600 students and 300 staff.

A thank you morning tea was held at Shenton College this week to acknowledge the generous support of the City and was attended by the City of Nedlands Mayor Cilla de Lacy, Shenton College staff and YouthCARE staff and volunteers.

Mayor Cilla de Lacy said, “Supporting the services of a YouthCARE School Chaplain at Shenton College is an important way for the City to contribute positively to the community we serve, while also helping students navigate their way through their teenage years.

“With school-age children, I know how important it is to support them emotionally and I’m glad to know there are others in our community also helping out.

“It does take a village to raise a child.”

“YouthCARE chaplains work as part of the student services team to provide pastoral care to students, staff, and families. Our chaplains assist with building community within a school through one on one pastoral care and programs. We rely on the generous support of the City to help make this possible,” said Darlene Herbert, YouthCARE Chaplaincy Regional Manager.