Our Chaplain Colette Booysen works across the whole school community, providing pastoral care and support and is available at school on Monday, Tuesday and Fridays each week. Colette helps families in need by accessing relevant community services and resources such as food hampers, second-hand uniforms, mental health agencies and programs. Colette also runs a Breakfast Club on Monday and Tuesday mornings.
Each week, Colette spends a lot of time listening to individual students of all ages and opens an indoor play area at lunch time, for children to hang out in. This provides a safe and comfortable space for those struggling socially with their peers, or for those who just need some time out. This space is also used for craft activities each Tuesday lunch.
Colette facilitates a number of important programs at the school, one of which is the Mentoring and Learning Support Volunteer program, through EdConnect. She also works with the Smith Family to organise Educational Scholarships and the Peer Reading Program. Colette runs the Champion Cheerleaders program with different year groups. Champion Cheerleaders is a social / emotional program for children, focussing on positive self-esteem, identity and empathy skills.
Other activities our chaplain is involved with is the year 6 camps and the after assembly morning teas each fortnight, where she gets to engage informally with families.
Colette’s office is located near the canteen, opposite the admin building, and can be accessed through the side gate (in the little courtyard) or through the computer room.