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Premier recognises local chaplains’ work in Rockingham community

WA Premier Mark McGowan invited YouthCARE chaplains from his electorate of Rockingham to meet him for afternoon tea at Rockingham Beach Primary School.

The group met yesterday and included eight chaplains representing eight schools in the area as well as YouthCARE CEO Stanley Jeyaraj and Area Chaplain Darlene Herbert.

Education Minister Sue Ellery dropped by to greet everyone and offer her support.

It was the first time local chaplains have had the opportunity to sit down as a group and share their experiences with the Premier.

He expressed his appreciation for the great work that chaplains do and wanted to know what challenges they were facing in the school community.

The Premier talked about the unique role of YouthCARE’s chaplains and assured them of his personal support and that of his government.

Topics discussed during the meeting included programs run by chaplains, family issues, mental health, anti-social behaviour and social media.

Knowing his busy schedule, we thank the Premier for his personal invitation and for his continued recognition of the valuable contribution that YouthCARE’s school chaplaincy makes to WA state schools.