Chaplaincy Program

Our Mission

ACCESS ministries, in partnership with Churches, provides a Christian presence and service in State schools through its religious education and pastoral care programs.

School Chaplaincy

ACCESS ministries chaplains support school communities through pastoral care of students, teachers, families and the wider local community. School chaplaincy has been recognised as one of the most significant youth-focused ministries for young people that is taking place in Australian schools. Chaplains fulfill a unique role in school communities:

  • They are active in promoting student wellbeing, particularly through the provision of pastoral care
  • They encourage reflection about the spiritual dimensions of life
  • They have an educative role in the areas of beliefs, values, morals, ethics and religion
  • They work to facilitate the connection of students into the school network and wider community

In Victoria, School Chaplaincy has been managed by ACCESS ministries (formerly CCES) for over 50 years. There are currently 76 chaplains in primary and secondary state schools. Chaplains respect the range of religious views and cultural traditions of the school community. Chaplains have the highest standards of professional qualifications and take part in on-going training and accountability structures.

Chaplaincy at Norris Bank Primary School

There has been a chaplain at the school since 2008. The Chaplain’s position is part time, working 2 days a week. He serves as part of the student wellbeing team. He is a qualified counsellor and teacher who is available to all members of the school community.

  • The Chaplain welcomes all members of the school community, whatever their faith traditions, and whether or not they have religious beliefs.
  • Whilst the Chaplain is involved in many of the wellbeing programs of the school, his main role is individual pastoral care and counselling.
  • The Chaplain is also available to talk with parents about any issue which is concerning them whether it is an issue concerned with a student’s schooling or a family matter.

Parental permission is required for students to have contact with the chaplain that is more in depth than a classroom helper.

Funding for the Chaplaincy programme has been made available through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.


The Chaplain can be reached by contacting the school or via e-mail.

  • Telephone
    03 9467 2206
  • Email
  • Postal Address
    146 Settlement Rd, Bundoora, VIC 3083

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National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program