Chaplaincy

Macquarie College has built an environment that nurtures the growth of every student, comprising supported academic excellence, social wellbeing and spiritual awareness. This is the cornerstone of Senior School and our Chaplain cares for staff and students in a variety of ways.

Each Wednesday morning, the students of Senior School meet for a Chapel service in the campus church. This program runs for approximately forty-five minutes and features a welcome, prayer, and presentation of work, musical items, drama, or dance.

Guest speakers also feature and share stories, their reflections on the Biblical text and which illustrate or emphasize how Jesus shows us a new way to be human and invites us to follow. As a Chapel community we opened the discussion on a range of different topics including Perspectives, The Death of God: Easter, Wrestling with Faith, The Myth of Redemptive Violence.  It’s exciting to tackle each topic with a fresh look at how Jesus the saviour of the world is in it with us right now.

Week of Spiritual Emphasis (WOSE) occurs in the first term each year and is a special weeks set aside where a chapel program is held at the start of each day. Acclaimed guest speakers lead the annual WOSE program. The program includes special songs, activities and a themed approach to encourage students to make a commitment to Jesus and to serving others.

School Counsellor (Social Worker) 

Macquarie College supports a holistic and integrated approach to student well-being and safety. Here are Macquarie College, the School Counsellor works across the school community, supporting Preschool, Junior School and Senior School students and their families. The School Counsellor is pivotal in supporting students who may be experiencing challenges within school and home environments to effect meaningful change and seek removal of barriers to their learning and personal growth.  

Macquarie College engages students to contribute to the development of wellbeing frameworks and peer support practices, demonstrated in the student-led Wellbeing Working Group which commenced in 2017 comprising members of the Junior School and Senior School, teaching staff, the Senior School Chaplain and College Counsellor. 

The School Counsellor can provide:

  •       Short term counselling / emotional support
  •       Short term therapy / intervention

targeting identified needs:

  •       Advocacy and support
  •       Linkage to specialised support with external agencies
  •       Group work

peer-based therapeutic and / or educative:

  •       Support and professional development for teachers
  •       Information and support to parent / caregiver community.

The School Counsellor may provide support for issues including:

  •       Loss and grief
  •       Family conflict
  •       Child Protection
  •       Bullying and Friendship
  •       Behaviour, including emotional regulation
  •       Transition during key phases
  •       Mental Health

Referrals can be made via the Administration Office, teaching staff, or to the School Counsellor directly.