What qualities do you look for in a teacher? Think about your own time at school. Who were your best teachers?
As committed Christians, our staff do not view their jobs as simply earning a living, but as opportunities to make a difference in the lives of the children with whom they interact. They believe that students are individuals and endeavour to love, nurture, help, protect and prepare them through positive teaching.
Some people imagine Christianity can be taught like Maths. Beliefs and values are “caught” as well as taught. Staff develop warm relationships with students which are similar to those expressed at home. Our hope is that students will observe these relationships and put them into practice with those around them. God is a God of love, and we desire to create an environment at Araluen where love abounds.
All staff employed at Araluen Christian College are mature Christians with a demonstrated commitment to Christ. All staff are appropriately qualified and teachers have current registration with the Teachers Registration Board of the Northern Territory. All staff have current Police checks and Ochre cards.
The National School Chaplaincy Program is a voluntary programme that assists school communities to support the spiritual, social, and emotional wellbeing of their students.
In our school the Chaplain’s role is to provide support and guidance for students about ethics, values, relationships and spirituality, provide pastoral care, and enhance the way students engage with each other and the broader community.
The activities of the Chaplain that are funded under the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program include:
Developing positive relationships with students
Participating in camps, excursions and assemblies
Providing informal classroom encouragement and support
The school also provides a broad range of pastoral care mechanisms provided by teaching and non-teaching staff. As Christian schools, the curriculum is informed by a Christian world-view and biblical perspectives are embedded in the teaching and learning program. While complimenting the work of the Chaplain, these services and practices are not part of the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare program and are funded from other sources.
The school community has voluntarily chosen to participate in the program and has determined the role and choice of Chaplain. Therefore general interaction between the Chaplain and students within the school does not require mandatory opt-in arrangements. General interaction includes Chaplain attendance at school coordinated events such as school camps and assemblies, discussions with students who have approached the Chaplain directly during a moment of urgency or otherwise and general playground interaction.
Participation in activities and programs provided by the Chaplain are voluntary and it is not compulsory for students to participate. Student or families who wish to opt out may do so by informing the school office in writing.
Complaints in relation to Chaplaincy matters should be directed to the Principal via the school office.
Community feedback about the program is important and may be provided at any time by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.