Mr Nate Swift is our current school chaplain, having started the role in Term 1 2020.
Mr Swift is married to Tara and they have four primary age children. He was previously employed as Community Chaplain by Lanyon Valley Anglican Church , working at the Gordon Community Centre. He enjoys being with people, playing sport and music, and also runs a social enterprise coffee cart called Little Luxton.
The chaplain’s role is to support the school community by providing pastoral care to students and
School Chaplain is a part-time role, and in general Mr Swift is available every afternoon between 12 and 3pm.
For a general statement of the aims of the service of the Chaplain within the School, and for an overview of the role of the chaplain within the School, please refer to the School’s Chaplaincy Policy (available on request).
General Principles of Chaplaincy within the School
- The chaplain’s service is available to those within the School community who request it.
- The Chaplaincy complements other support services and networks within the school, to which students may be referred by the Chaplain (eg. students who have educational special needs will be referred to the Special Needs Coordinator as appropriate).
- Parental consent for the services of the chaplain is obtained in the enrolment process. The services of the Chaplain is part of the life of the School and it is understood that families that have enrolled their child(ren) into the school are in agreement with the role of the Chaplain in the School.
- To organise an appointment with the Chaplain, please either book online (schoolchaplain.setmore.com) or contact the School Office.
- Complaints are handled in accordance with the School’s Complaints Policy (available on request).
- The Chaplaincy program is included in our annual survey of parents, staff and students.
CHAPLAIN’S REPORT 2019
CARING AND COMPASSIONATE
This is one of the main goals of the Chaplain, to be caring and compassionate.
“Chaplain’s Chats”. One of the main ways this happens is by providing a safe place and opportunity for those in our school community to talk about what’s going on in their lives. This mainly happens by having a “Chaplain’s Chat”. I seek to get alongside the person (or people) and be a listening ear and provide a “safe” place. Often giving the person the opportunity to “unload” and talk about things in their life helps them work through things they’re going through.
“Chaplain’s Breakfasts”. This year we continued the “Chaplain’s Breakfasts” – which the students by and large love. These are times which help foster a good community spirit. Each class had two in the year, one per semester.
“Care Ministries” is a ministry within the School which seeks to encourage the school to be outward-looking and compassionate, as Jesus demonstrated. This year this was mainly done by raising funds to provide financial help to organisations such as “Compassion” and “World’s Greatest Shave (Leukemia Foundation”. We, as a School, have been sponsoring Melaku, a young man in Ethiopia, and Karla, and young girl in Columbia, through the organisation Compassion. We rejoice with Karla and her family that their financial situation has improved and as of the end of this year, Karla no longer needs to be participating in the Compassion sponsorship program.
Change of Chaplain. I will be taking on more High School subjects to teach next year, and therefore I will no longer be the Chaplain after this year. I am very grateful for the seven years I have had the privilege of being the Chaplain at Covenant. We are currently advertising and praying we might find another person to come and be the Chaplain here from next year.
We are grateful for the Government funding for the Chaplaincy Program, and we look forward to continuing this service in 2020.
Mr Jeremy Hopwood
Previous School Chaplain