Blast from the Past: Gift wrapping team at Kingsway Shopping Centre

This top photo shows (from left to right) Libby D’Cruz, Judite Grenfeld and Diane Stephenson at Kingsway Shopping Centre in 2009. The ladies wrapped Christmas presents for a gold coin donation towards YouthCARE.
Fast forward 10 years and the same three ladies are still wrapping gifts each Christmas season at Kingsway Shopping Centre! They’ve raised tens of thousands of dollars towards chaplaincy services in the Balga/Girrawheen area and in 2018 alone raised $3,314 through their Christmas wrapping.
Libby, Judite and Diane have been fundraising for YouthCARE for over 17 years. They started by driving down to Jarradale weekly to pick apples, weigh and pack and then deliver them to schools and churches!

Meet our new Chairman of the Board – Malcolm Potts

Where do you currently work:
I am the Senior Minister at St Philip’s in Cottesloe
What do you love most about your job?:
Seeing people do really well; I love when people fly!
Why is YouthCARE important to you?
Because it’s a place that values people, and those people are invested in seeing other people fly – especially kids! YouthCARE is hugely invested in the wellbeing of people and our Christian faith is fundamental to that.
What are you most looking forward to as the new Chair of the Board?Great ideas need a good foundation and I’m looking forward to continuing the heritage of a great foundation that the Board has laid. We might not always talk about foundations because it’s more exciting to talk about the idea but they are so needed in helping this already great organisation flourish!

Treasure Hunters training goes regional!

Earlier this year, Christian Values Education Field Officer Jo-anne Hodges travelled to Dongara and Port Denison to deliver Treasure Hunters training to a group of five new volunteers!
Treasure Hunters training is done over one day. Training
includes a Treasure Hunters simulation where volunteers experience the program first hand. They also go through the
program curriculum, volunteer expectations, professional behaviours and game ideas.
All five volunteers are now delivering Treasure Hunters in Dongara District High School.
If you or anyone you know would make a great Treasure Hunters volunteer then head to our Become a Volunteer page for more information and to apply!

Chaplain walks away from plane crash

It’s a miracle to survive a plane crash, let alone walk away with just some cuts and bruises but that’s exactly what happened to remote chaplain and pilot Paul White in January this year. Paul is well known to his YouthCARE family for founding Kingdom Aviation where he and his team fly to eight remote Aboriginal community schools each week to provide pastoral care. On 7 January he was finishing a trip across Australia when an engine failed in his Jabiru two-seater aircraft above Auburn State Forest in Queensland.
Paul has thousands of hours of flying experience and said he knew what to do to land the plane.
“I picked what I thought would be the best passage to take the wings off and uprooted a few trees initially, then the wings completely broke off. The plane did a cartwheel and stopped in the one spot,” he said.
Paul then set off an emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB) and emergency services arrived within 90 minutes.

“Being a man of faith and loving the Lord and a Baptist minister and full-time chaplain I naturally give all the credit to God. I look at that plane and I shouldn’t be alive,” he said. Paul says he can’t wait to get back to flying soon!

Chaplaincy Formation 2019

The second annual Chaplaincy Formation was a fantastic start to the 2019 school year!
More than 350 chaplains from across the state attended the two day conference where they were encouraged to be “salt of the earth” in their communities. The conference was held at Dreambuilders Church in Middle Swan.
Guest speakers from Trinity Theological College presented to the chaplains on day one. They worked through a bible overview, using the book ‘God’s Big Picture’ by Vaughan Roberts and interactive videos. The overview traced the story of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation and encouraged chaplains as they carry out their roles in schools this year.
On day two, chaplains met in the Swan Valley with their Peer Support group to touch base with other chaplains in the same region. This was followed by chaplains meeting with their Area Chaplains to discuss and plan for the year ahead.
Formation is always a time of encouragement for our chaplains as we start the year together.

City of Wanneroo golf day drives $40,000 towards YouthCARE chaplains

THE City of Wanneroo’s annual corporate charity golf day drove $40,000 towards chaplaincy services for public secondary schools.

The October 18 event at Carramar Golf Course attracted 30 teams and raised funds for YouthCARE.

Mayor Tracey Roberts said the annual event had raised $628,000 over the years.

“YouthCARE offers social, emotional and spiritual support to thousands of students, staff and family members in school communities each year,” she said.

“Students from Butler College, Mindarie Senior College, Clarkson Community High School, Wanneroo Secondary College, Girrawheen Senior High School and Yanchep Secondary College can all access this program.

“Chaplaincy programs provide pastoral care in a trusting environment to school children to help them navigate their way through life challenges.

“It is an important service that parents, teachers and children rely on.”

YouthCARE has helping young people feel encouraged and empowered to achieve their best at school, create positive relationships and contribute to their community for 46 years.

City of Wanneroo golf day drives $40,000 towards YouthCARE chaplains


Collie Carols in the Park

The annual YouthCARE carols by candlelight were held in Collie’s Central Park at the Bendigo Bank Music Shell on Sunday night, December 9.

The Collie YouthCARE support team will be holding it's annual Carols and sausage sizzle event on Sunday December, 9. 

The yearly event sees the community come together for a night filled of fun and Christmas-inspired performances.

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend - watch and listen to the children singing, or playing an instrument, celebrating the season of Christmas, while enjoying a cool drink, sausage in a bun, and waving a candle.

All local schools including the Collie Senior High School orchestra will be taking part in the event.

Proceeds from the event will go to the Collie YouthCARE Council that supports keeping chaplains in all of Collie’s schools. 

By purchasing any sausage in a bun, bacon and egg burger, veggie burger, or a drink you will be helping keep local schools staffed with chaplains.

The Collie YouthCARE support team said they are incredibly thankful to all the local businesses and volunteers, including all the local church denominations for their support throughout the year and they would not survive without their help.

The sizzle starts at 5pm, with the concert starting at 6pm in Central Park, at the Bendigo Bank Music Shell.

Esperance Senior High School awards

Esperance Senior High School held their Lower School Presentation on Tuesday, December 11.

The awards were presented to students from Year 7 to 10.

A student in each year won the Outstanding Student Award, presented to the top student across all areas and a Runner Up Outstanding Student Award.

The Academic Dux was awarded to the top student in Mathematics, Science, English and Humanities for each year.

The Outstanding Student and Academic Dux of Year 7 was Caleb Shipp and the Runner Up Outstanding Student was Ruby Davies-Mele.

Brechto Bezuidenhout was awarded Runner Up Outstanding student of Year 8 as well as Academic Dux of Year 8.

The Outstanding Student in Year 8 was Joy Ferguson. 

The Outstanding Student in Year 9 was Kasey Graham and the runner up was Holly Bishop.

The Academic Dux was awarded to Felicity Slee.

The Outstanding Student in Year 10 was Megan Kelman, while the runner up was Olivia Kipling.

Megan O’Neill was awarded Academic Dux of Year 10.

The Youthcare Council Award went to Tea Johnston for her outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of her peers. 

The award recognises students who show care and compassion towards others, volunteer their time in the community and demonstrate values including respect and integrity.

Tea also won the Australian Defence Force Long Tan Leadership and Teamwork Awards.

The Lions Club Service Award was presented to Casey Shearer and Summer Newton.

The award is given to students for their contribution to younger members of the school.

The Citizenship Award was presented to Soveryn Dickinson for serving the school community with distinction. 

The Ernie Redman OAM Memorial Award went to Tayla Simons for her engagement with the Quiet Lion Tour and associated studies.

The Byron Byrne Scholarship was awarded to Vincent Newman who was the top Mathematics and Science student in Year 10.

The Esperance Jaycees Scholarship went to Tyson Shields and Megan Kelman.

The scholarship awards $1000 to each student to assist with their studies in Year 11 and 12.

Youth education officer Geoff Poole said the awards ceremony was an “awesome” day with strong competition across year groups.

“Today was about recognising and acknowledging the student’s academic performance and service to school and community,” he said.


Aussie Optimism Workshop dates 2019

April training dates:

9th of April – Feelings and Friends (years 1-3)

10th of April – Positive Thinking Skills (year 4)

11th of April – Social Life Skills (year 5-6)

12th of April – Optimistic Thinking Skills (year 7-8)


June training dates:

4th of June – Feelings and Friends (years 1-3)

5th of June – Positive Thinking Skills (year 4)

6th of June – Social Life Skills (year 5-6)

7th of June – Optimistic Thinking Skills (year 7-8)


November training dates:

5th of November – Feelings and Friends (years 1-3)

6th of November – Positive Thinking Skills (year 4)

7th of November – Social Life Skills (year 5-6)

8th of November – Optimistic Thinking Skills (year 7-8)



Chaplain’s dream lives on in book

A picture of her daughter Rebecca rests in the corner of the room as Nanette Esam reflects on a life well-lived, but tragically cut short.

Rebecca Anderson was a youth pastor at her church and chaplain at Eastern Hills Senior High School for more than nine years. In 2013, while on a family vacation, the 36-year-old passed away unexpectedly when her heart stopped.

Such was the outpouring of grief in the community, that a memorial was built at the school where she impacted several generations of students. One student wrote on the memorial “her heart was too big for her little body”.

For those close to her it was obvious, her life and career were going to be passion driven.

Bec loved Jesus above all else and apart from working with young people, she enjoyed writing.

Nanette and daughter Nicky Ford remember with fondness how prolific Rebecca was, writing poetry and even a book. Bumpel Swivet is a children’s book about two friends who go on imaginary adventures around the world from their home backyard. The origins of the name are a mystery.

“She wrote it about 15 years go,” Nanette explained. “When she first gave it to me I talked to her about publishing it, but it didn’t happen. After Bec passed, I was determined to get it published.”

The text for the book was mostly complete, but still needed illustrations. Nanette tried in vain to find an illustrator.

“Then Nicky said to me ‘Mum, why don’t you do it?’,” Nanette said. “So, I got myself an art teacher and she helped me work on the illustrations. I based two of the characters on my grandchildren Lachlan and Emily.”

Emily beamed with pride when asked about the drawings. “Last year when my school had a book fair, I just dressed up as myself!” she said.

The book launch in July – on Rebecca’s birthday – was a special moment for the family.

“It was so surreal,” Nanette said. “I wanted it to be professional, not half-baked. Good or not at all. The response from people has been incredible – it’s still not real to me.”

While 2016 marked the final year group of students who Rebecca cared for and supported at Eastern Hills SHS, Bumpel Swivet ensures the beloved chaplain will continue to impact many generations to come.

“Rebecca left a legacy at EHSHS,” Nanette said. “We’re all very proud of her.”

Part proceeds of Bec’s book go to chaplaincy. Bumpel Swivet can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Book Depository.