Prayers answered

YouthCARE chaplains Janine Rule and Hayden Brown. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d410179
YouthCARE chaplains Janine Rule and Hayden Brown. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d410179

Ms Rule said the chaplaincy program was partially funded by Youth- CARE Council but relied on outside funding to employ both a male and female chaplain.

‘Having two chaplains is actually very unique and allows us to move between middle and senior schools at all times,’ she said.

‘No student is ever told ‘come back tomorrow’ because there is always someone available to them.

‘It’s a real privilege to watch students come in at Year 8 and follow their journey through to graduation in Year 12.’

Mr Brown said funding also helped run fantastic programs like the Shenton Challenge, Charity Day and student council camp.

Nedlands Mayor Max Hipkins, who presented the cheque to Shenton College this month, said the chaplaincy program helped develop young people into the leaders of tomorrow.

‘The many pressures on young people and families today, such as how to deal with social media, bullying, drugs and alcohol, have an enormous impact on children,’ he said.

‘It’s important they have someone to talk to.’

Ms Rule said the chaplains also worked to praise, encourage and walk alongside students.

‘At lunchtimes, Hayden will be out there kicking the footy and I can shoulder up to the girls for a chat about magazines or movies,’ she said.