More than 60 people came down to Life City Church for a YouthCARE mega-morning tea.
The guests of honour were local politicians Stephen Price (Forrestfield), Yaz Mubarakai (Jandakot), Terry Healy (Southern River) and Dr Tony Buti (Armadale).
Unfortunately, Dr Buti, who was instrumental in bringing this gathering together was unable to attend due to illness.
In attendance were principals, chaplains, shire councillors and church representatives.
The morning was opened by Terry Healy, who spoke about his time as a teacher and how he initially believed that chaplains should not be part of the state school system.
“It wasn’t until I started working with chaplains, that I discovered how wrong I was. I soon realised how crucial and important the role is,” he said.
“They’re not youth workers, they’re not teachers, they’re not nurses or psychiatrists. There is an incredible unique role for chaplains in our organisations. I wish I could double the amount of [government funding] to put more in every single school.
“There is a special niche role in every school for chaplains and I am an advocate for it.
“You are in a privileged position, thank you so much for the work that you do every single day. I want to convey on behalf of my colleagues, how much we really appreciate it.”
After some food and drink, guests sat down with their local MLA to talk about what they do, challenges of the role and the positive impact that chaplaincy has in school communities.
Mr Price said he enjoyed catching up with his constituents.
“It was clear hearing from the school principals that the chaplains provide a vital pastoral care service in our schools and I valued hearing the unique insight our chaplains could provide into the types of challenges faced by some of our young people,” he said.
Mr Murbarakai also expressed his strong support for chaplaincy.
"YouthCARE and its chaplains do a fantastic job supporting students with a range of pastoral care issues in our local schools. It was great to meet with the team that supports schools in the Jandakot electorate," he said.