Chaplain set to stay

And there will be more brightened faces at the school now it has secured funding to keep Ms Eddison on into 2016, after missing out on a round of funding at the end of last year.

Education Minister Peter Collier last month announced $2.7 million would be provided to 179 public schools that missed out on the Australian Government�s reduced chaplaincy funding in 2015.

Ms Eddison said this funding could allow her to continue the social-emotional program she ran in several classes.

�It has been great to see some students who have been struggling socially, or with their personal confidence, begin to value themselves a little more,� she said.

�I have had the privilege of running the program throughout the year and it really seems to boost their confidence. Their demeanour changes.�

Principal Frank Scarfone said it was important to have a chaplain on site at least two days a week.

�We have over 500 students and staff here and the needs of students and staff is very diverse,� he said.

�To make a worthwhile contribution the school needs a chaplain for a minimum of two days… to be available when problems arise or to have continuity in discussions and implementation of programs.�

He said having a chaplain full- time had the potential to expand some of the school�s programs.

YouthCARE chief executive Stanley Jeyaraj welcomed the news of additional funding to provide chaplains at more schools.

�This support helps students achieve their potential, both academically and in their social and family lives,� he said.