School Chaplaincy

School Chaplaincy Myths & Questions Answered

School Chaplaincy:

Supporting and caring for students, staff and families


School Chaplaincy at Penguin District School is funded by:

  • the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program,
  • Penguin District School
  • and the Local Chaplaincy Committee.

Further Information:

Further information about the roles and responsibilities of School Chaplains can be viewed in the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program Guidelines (pages 9-11) at:

Our Chaplain:

Our school chaplain, James Todd, is:

  • a role model for students
  • a listening ear/confidant
  • a caring presence
  • a resource on spirituality, values, meaning and purpose
  • a link between your school and its community

A bit about me:

I have lived in the Penguin area for the last twenty years; I have three children who attend the School. I also attend a local Community Church and support the Youth programs there. I enjoy bush walking, four wheel driving and camping. I have worked in sales and engineering, having completed an apprenticeship as a Fitter and Machinist on the West Coast of Tasmania.

I grew up in Forth and am passionate about supporting young people and communities to create positive environments for everyone, and enjoy the benefits of living in this beautiful part of the world. I am also a qualified Youth Worker and studying for a Diploma of Community Service.

Chaplaincy approval:

James Todd is our School Chaplain at Penguin District School. His chaplaincy service is approved by the School Association. Each year a school community consultation process is conducted through the School Association and Parent body to establish approval for funding for the following year and the continuation of the chaplaincy service.

Support Team:

James is part of the support service team at Penguin District School. He is available to support students, parents and staff. If you would like to make an appointment for your child or yourself to see him, please contact the school office.

James plays an instrumental part in the transition process of students from Primary to Senior school. His welcoming face is a familiar sight for the new grade sevens as they begin their District school years.


James has a Diploma of Youth Work and has completed additional modules including mental health units. He is passionate about young people and works tirelessly to create and sustain engaging and positive programs / events for our school community. He regularly participates in continued professional development and further training opportunities.

Our Chaplain's work pattern:

James works Fulltime at our school and shares his time between the Secondary and Primary Campuses. He initiates, coordinates, delivers and assists with many beneficial and Districtly successful programs at Penguin District School. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Lunchtime activities on Mondays- Lunchspot
  • Breakfast Club- Tuesday and Thursday mornings. A free service for all students with the aid of local volunteers.
  • Molenda Lodge- a program on Fridays at a local farm to further develop resilience building, team work, transition to District school and mentoring.
  • Red Cross Blood donations- developing leadership opportunities through ambassadorial roles, community spirit and health awareness through giving.
  • Kids Hope Mentoring- Coordinating One on One Adult Volunteer Mentoring for Primary Students.
  • Meals on wheels - encouraging social concern and community involvement, along with volunteering.
  • The Chaplaincy program is not a religious program and is not used for any religious instruction.
  • Break time support- pastoral care, encouraging, listening, being a friend
  • Classroom support- assisting students and staff in the classroom and on extra curricula activities
  • Practical skills work- Wood work and other skills with primary classes and small groups/individuals.
  • Shine and Strength programs for grade 9 students- encouraging social, emotional wellbeing and understanding
  • Blokes for Grade 7 and 8 boys- assisting younger adolescents develop and refine social skills and values
  • Coordinating visiting musical/drama/dance performances for the school
  • Speaking at assemblies- ANZAC, Easter, Christmas, acknowledging success and involvement of students in programs
  • Supporting students who need extra assistance
  • Dial Range Mountain Bike Skill Centre- assisting a team of students in creation of this proposed world class facility
  • Choir and musical performances / school productions- assisting staff and students with all aspects of these events
  • Class and grade camps- attending and supporting staff and students with the program.

Parental Consent:

It is important to note that a student's involvement with James is voluntary. If you do not want your child/ren to be involved in the chaplaincy service in this school, including any of the above roles and activities that the Chaplain performs, then please register your intention at the school office.

How can you support our chaplain?

  • Become part of the Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC) which oversees the service. The LCC meets once a term to review the chaplain's work and to make recommendationsand goals for future action. The dates of these meetings can be obtained from the school office
  • Volunteer as a helper in programs run by the chaplain- a current Department of Education Good Character Check is essential
  • Contribute feedback in person or via email to the chaplain or Principal.
  • Support the program financially; Chaplaincy is made possible through Federal support, plus contributions from the local community and the schools. Support can be made to Chaplaincy in Penguin via Scripture Union in Hobart.

What if you have a complaint about the chaplain?

  • If you have reason to make a complaint regarding the chaplain, arrange to meet with the complaints officer Mr Chris Nichols, Principal of Penguin District School. An appointment can be made with Chris by speaking with his Personal Assistant / School SEO, Mrs Jan Robertson on 6437 2102.
  • Scripture Union Tasmania, the funding recipient and service provider for the service, can also be contacted (details below). You are entitled to make an anonymous complaint. All complaints will be kept strictly confidential.
  • All attempts will be made to resolve complaints at the local level.
  • If do not wish to address your complaint to the School Principal, Complaints Officer or Funding Recipient, they may be made directly to the Department by completing the complaint reporting form available at the Program website: or emailing

Scripture Union Tasmania is the Funding Recipient and service provider of the Australian Government's National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program at this school and the Tasmanian Department of Education approved provider of school chaplaincy in the state.

This chaplaincy position is supported and managed by a Local Chaplaincy Committee comprising representatives from the school and local community.

Scripture Union of Tasmania

23 Clarence Street, Bellerive 7018
Phone: (03) 6244 8422
Fax: (03) 6244 8477

Our Chaplain's contact details

School Phone: 03 6437 2102


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

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