School Chaplains have been a part of the school system for many years, and are placed in school by YouthCare in cooperation with the Education Department and Principals.
Their role can vary depending on the school’s needs and the Chaplain’s skills, but generally they include pastoral support to students and staff through one on one meetings, practical help with school events and excursions, linking families and local support agencies, running programs in the school to benefit students like breakfast clubs, grief and loss support, or self-esteem and resilience.
Darren Birch has been the school Chaplain at East Butler since March 2019, and he comes into the role with over 12 years’ experience as a chaplain, plus skills in family counselling, youth work and physical education, plus being a husband and father for many years.
Darren says, “It has been such a joy to join the team at East Butler primary school. The staff and students have welcomed me very warmly, and I thoroughly enjoy my role supporting and encouraging students wherever I can.”
Darren is in school each Thursday and Friday and students can arrange to see him by contacting their teacher.