at Scottsdale High School
School Chaplaincy at Scottsdale
High School is funded by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and
Workplace Relations through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare
Program, Scottsdale High School including the School Association as well as
local funding through the Local Chaplaincy Committee.
The chaplaincy service at this
school is approved by the School Association.
Each year a school community consultation process is conducted through
the School Association to establish approval for funding for the following year
and the continuation of the service.
The chaplain is available to
support students, parents and staff.
If you would like to make an appointment for your child or yourself to
see the chaplain, please contact the school office.
N.B. Participation by students
in the chaplaincy program is voluntary.
If you do not want your
child/children to be involved in the chaplaincy service in this school, please
register your intention at the office.
What is a School Chaplain?
• This program aims
to help our school community support the spiritual, social and emotional
wellbeing of our students
• Chaplains are a
part of the student support services team in this school.
• Chaplains provide students, their families and staff with
support and appropriate referrals.
participate in school activities e.g. camps, excursions, sports events, garden
and cooking programs.
• Chaplains have
relevant qualifications, with a minimum of Cert IV in Youth Work and Diploma
level or working towards Diploma level.
participate in regular professional learning/training.
Aims of the School Chaplaincy Service:
Our school chaplain is at school on Tuesday and Thursday each
The chaplain is Peter Lethbridge:
• A role model for
• A listening ear/confidant
• A caring presence
• A resource on spirituality, values, meaning and purpose
• A link between your school and its community.
Roles and Responsibilities of Chaplains:
The roles and responsibilities of School Chaplains can be
viewed in the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program Guidelines
(pages 9-11) at:
Introducing our Chaplain, Peter Lethbridge
my name is Peter Lethbridge and I am the Chaplain for the school.
Along with my wife Sarah and son Jeremiah, we left our home town of
Portarlington, near Geelong in Victoria, to take a “leap of faith” and
come to a place called Scottsdale more than two years ago.
Since then, I have been appointed the Chaplain at Scottsdale Primary
School, as well as the Chaplain at the local hospital and James Scott
Wing. Now that I am also Chaplain in the High School, I
essentially see myself as “Chaplain to the Community!”
I am really excited about being here at Scottsdale High School, and I
look forward to getting to know the staff, students and their parents
and carers. I will be in the school on Tuesday and Thursday and
am available to meet with parents, by appointment, on either of these
I enjoy spending time with the family, gardening, cooking, music and
reading. I was a Geelong boy all my life and am a lifelong Cats
supporter. Please don’t hold that against me if you support any
other team, and I promise to do the same…well, I’ll try!
How can you support our chaplain?