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2. Traditions

College Chaplain

The College is fortunate to have Fr Paul Pidcock, S.M. as its Chaplain. Fr Paul is the Superior of the Marist Community at Woodlawn and is a long serving member of staff. As a Priest, former teacher, bursar and musical director, he brings a wealth of experience and wisdom to the role of Chaplain and Pastor to our school community.

Amongst his duties are the celebration of class and College Masses, the administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, assisting with college retreats, interviews with students and parents and organising the St Vincent de Paul Chapter.

Fr Paul also runs a sacramental program open to any Catholic student, who has not received the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation.

The aim of the College Chaplain is to promote and support the College Vision. He does this through his role as both the College Chaplain and as the Chaplain/Student Welfare representative under The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

The service Fr Pidcock provides links with other student wellbeing structures within the College, such as the Psychologist and the Student Welfare Committee.

National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program

The ongoing participation of the College in The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program is discussed in the Parents and Friends Association meeting in Term 4 each year. You are most welcome to provide input into that discussion or provide written support or otherwise at any time during the year by directing this to the Principal’s Secretary.

Should you wish to raise a complaint regarding the Chaplain under The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program, the Complaints Officer is the School Principal, and all correspondence should be addressed accordingly. All attempts should be made to resolve complaints at the local level which will be managed in accordance with the Catholic Schools Office and Parish Schools Diocese of Lismore, Parent and Caregiver Concerns and Complaints Policy and The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program Guidelines.

However, if a complaint cannot be resolved at the school level, or if a complainant does not wish to address their complaint to the School Principal, Complaints Officer or Funding Recipient, they may be made directly to the Department by using one of the following options:

  • completing the complaint reporting form available at the Program website:
    www.deewr.gov.au/schoolchaplaincyandwelfare
  • emailing schoolchaplaincyandwelfarecomplaints@deewr.gov.au
  • posting to:
    NSCSWP – Program Manager
    GPO Box 9880
    ADELAIDE SA 5001
  • telephoning the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program Hotline on 1300 363 079.

The Department will endeavour to maintain a complainant’s anonymity where requested. However, information collected in the course of complaints reporting may be disclosed to other parties without consent in accordance with the Privacy Act 1988.

Complaints about breaches of privacy should be referred to the Privacy Contact Officer in the Department’s Legal and Investigations Group:

Privacy Contact Officer – Loc C148CW2
Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
GPO Box 9880
Canberra ACT 2601

Privacy complaints can be made directly to the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner; however, the Information Commissioner will generally prefer that the Department be given an opportunity to deal with the complaint in the first instance.

Disclaimer

The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Acknowledgement

This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.