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Cheltenham Girls' High School

Cheltenham Girls' High School

Truth Unity Concord

Telephone02 9876 4481

NSC School Youth Support Worker

Dharshana Aseervatham is the current School Youth Worker/ Chaplin, starting at Cheltenham in 2018. She is responsibile to the Head Teacher of Welfare and works with the School Welfare Team to offer assistance and support to students, staff and families. She is present in the school 5 days a week in various roles. Dharshana's office is I1.06 which is available for students and staff to drop in and discuss anything they need to.

You can contant Dharshana via the school office (98764481) or by email:


Chaplin's role

The Chaplain's role is to assist the school community through the provision of help and support of the personal, social and spiritual wellbeing of students and the school community. Services could include but are not limited to;

  • Working with the school counsellors and welfare team.
  • Providing students, their families and staff with emotional support and/or appropriate referrals in difficult situations.
  • Supporting students who desire to explore their spirituality, values and ethical matters or referring to appropriate services to do so.
  • Being approachable to all school community members regardless of culture, faith background, age or gender.
  • Provide services with a spiritual content including facilitation of discussion groups and lunchtime programs with the consent of the Principal.
  • Participate in school activities and projects, such as camps and excursions.
  • Facilitate activities connecting students with other community groups.

Participation in any program or service conducted by the School Chaplain is voluntary. Families may opt out by contacting the School Principal: Mrs Suellen Lawrence.

The Chaplain will usually be present at the school Monday-Wednesdays & Friday. There may be times when these days change to allow for the chaplain to attend school events/excursions. On Thursday the Chaplain will also undertake the role of Christian Scripture Teacher. It has been determined that the same person is the most appropriate person in this school setting to hold both roles. This role is paid for by local churches and does not use the funds from the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP).

400 hours per year, an average of 10 hours per week, is funded by the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. The additional hours are funded by local churches & local community members.

Complaints procedure: Any complaints regarding the Chaplain should be directed to the School Principal, who will then follow internal policies.

Qualifications & Engagement Process

The Chaplain meets the employment qualifications as outlined by DEEWR in the document: National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Guidelines. They are subject to all the required checks as outlined by this document. The Funding Body is responsible for conducting those checks and providing evidence of the outcome to the School Principal.

Selection of the appropriate person for the role of the Chaplain is made by Youth Ministries Australia (a part of CCCA) in consultation with the school Principal. The final decision is made with the Principal's endorsement.

Evaluation of the Program

Annual evaluation of the program is required by DEEWR in the document: National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Guidelines. This is conducted by the Funding Body with support from the school. An annual report will be presented to school community, usually via the P&C. Following presentation of the report the school community will be asked to confirm ongoing support for the continuation of the program.

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program. More information is available from the DEEWR website: