Chaplaincy funding

All 179 public WA schools that applied for Federal Government chaplaincy funding but missed out have been included in the latest round of State Government chaplaincy funding.

Ms Catto said she was always grateful for the work school chaplains do.

�We have no issue with the service they provide but I would like to see the funding extended to secular services,� Ms Catto said.

�It is something I bring up every time I meet with the (Education) Minister.

�It is a huge concentration of funding for chaplains.�

Education Minister Peter Collier said $2.7 million would be provided to the 179 public schools, with the Government committing $5.05 million to continue the program in 2016.

Mt Lawley Senior High School is one of five local schools to receive the funding and Principal Milton Butcher said the extra finance meant the school could continue to offer the chaplaincy service.

�Mt Lawley SHS is fortunate that the parents of the school have supported the chaplaincy program through donations for many years,� Mr Butcher said.

�The Chaplain provides support to students across a number of avenues, especially emotional and social guidance.

�He works to make the school a safer place thorough assisting the building of relationships and working against bullying and other anti-social behaviour.�

Mt Lawley SHS and Mt Lawley Primary chaplain Andrew Paul has been a chaplain at the schools for 24 years.