YouthCARE Chaplaincy Services have been supporting Belmay Primary School since 2009. The service is funded through the National School Chaplain and School Welfare Program.
YouthCARE Chaplains aim to provide a sensitive Christian presence within a secular state school system. School Chaplains work with students, families and staff in the school community, providing the following services:
- - Building relationships with students, families and staff
- - Offering pastoral care
- - Being a mentor
- - Providing additional practical help for teaching and administrative staff
- - Offering input into spiritual and meaning of life questions
- - Providing a link between schools and local communities.
At Belmay, the Chaplain works with teachers to deliver and co-ordinate some of the school social emotional well being programs - including Peer Support, the student leadership development program and help with KidsMatter Family Fun events. The Chaplain also provides support with small group social skills programs. In addition, individual meetings, mentoring or support can be organised on a voluntary basis. Please contact the school for an appointment or see the Chaplain directly.
A Message from our School Chaplain
As Chaplain at Belmay Primary School my role encompasses being a support person for staff, students and parents, engaging in the Social, Emotional, Mental and Physical needs as assessed by the school principal through programs, mentoring or as a support person.
What does that mean for parents and students?
I am here as an ear for anyone in the school community, be it to have someone to grumble to or to have a cry about a family issue or tragedy. I am here to listen.
What does this mean for the teachers?
I am here to listen to them too, but also to assist with students who may need some extra attention. This may be in the form of reading a book with a child, or giving them some extra TLC, or more planned assistance. This may mean a few individual meetings to continue the development of social and emotional skills. Chaplains often run and coordinate activities and programs that benefit the whole school community. The role varies depending on the schools needs.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to have a chat, please call the school and ask to speak to me so we can arrange an appointment. As a support person in the school I will keep you informed about community events or programs that you may be interested in. The school notice board is also a great tool to keep you abreast of any community events or parenting programs available.
For new families it would also benefit you familiarising yourselves with the 'Choose Respect' program that is integrated into the school policy and curriculum.
Underpinned by the core values of Learning, Excellence, Equity and Care, staff at Belmay Primary School, work together to provide a safe, supportive and inclusive learning environment for all students.
Pastoral care permeates all aspects of school life and is supported by our experienced and caringstaff. The development of a caring school community and a strong network of support programs build student resilience and self esteem.
We acknowledge the importance of a well rounded education and collaborate with colleagues, parents and educational agencies to develop a child's cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills.
The staff work together to ensure a consistent approach across the school in the management of our students; expectations and routines are clearly defined through our policies in behaviour management and bullying. These policies are underpinned by the school's purpose and core values.
Student Leadership - A variety of general leadership roles associated with specific school programs are assigned to different year levels.
School Prefects are appointed from the Year 6 group and are responsible for coordinating and running weekly assemblies, organising community fundraising events and supporting the school administration during special events.
Faction Captains support the physical education program by coordinating faction training sessions and leading their faction during swimming and athletics carnivals.
Year 6 students are given the opportunity to mentor their peers from PP to year 6 through the 'Peer Support' program. These students will lead a small group from Belmay of mixed ages in activities that build confidence, develop independence and practice social skills. It is a great opportunity to develop leadership abilities.
The leadership group are also asked to give up some of their free time to assist in running the Sound Garden area at lunch and recess times and to assist in setting up and running of the PA equipment at school assemblies and functions.
CRUNCH and SIP - Belmay Primary School is accredited as a 'Crunch and Sip' school. The program supports students to eat healthy fruit and/or vegetable snacks and to drink water. Students are encouraged to bring to school a selection of chopped or sliced fruit/vegetables. This brain food is placed on the students' desk at the beginning of the day in a resealable container.
Uniform Shop and School Banking
Wednesday Mornings from 8.30am - 9.00am
Life Education Incursion
6th - 8th May
Mothers Day Raffle
Friday 8th May
Belmont City College Information Evening
Wednesday 13th May
Friday 15th May. Leaders: Prefects. Item presented by Pre-Primary
11 - 14th May (Week 4, Term 2)
NAPLAN catch-up day will be Friday 15th May