Helping kids to thrive

Ms Kenny, who has worked at the school for four years, said there were challenges in her role, but the results were rewarding.

�Support chaplaincy is a different role to in-school chaplaincy, with different expectations and outcomes,� she said.

�My role is to support students, families and staff. I work in a team and together we work toward more resilient responses in students through pastoral care of those students, offering at times, support to families.

�I have definitely seen students benefit from our team work and become more happy and confident in their approach to peers and school.�

The school was recently granted funding to increase Ms Kenny�s hours.

Education Minister Peter Collier last month said $2.7 million would be provided to an extra 179 public schools that missed out on the Federal Government�s reduced chaplaincy funding this year.

Wembley Downs principal Doug Cook said it was important to have a chaplain.

�Teachers are not always able to provide the concentrated pastoral care that these children require,� he said.

�The provision of a school chaplain provides opportunities for these children to receive greater support.�

Mr Cook said if the opportunity to have a chaplain five days a week came up he would �grasp it with both hands�.

�The greater the support we are able to offer, the greater the chance they will have to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive as adults,� he said.

YouthCARE chief executive Stanley Jeyaraj welcomed the funding news.

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