Who is the Aviation High Chaplain?
Our Chaplain is Matthew Govan. Matt has been with us since term 2, 2012. Matt is married and has 3 primary aged children. In his spare time Matt enjoys time with his family, 4WDing and watching rugby, AFL and motorsport.
Matt enjoys working with young people and has been doing so since 2000. In that time Matt has worked as a school chaplain, youth worker at local government level, as youth support worker with at-risk youth, and has held a youth pastor positions in 3 churches. He currently works as a children’s pastor when not at our school.
What does our School Chaplain do?
Chaplains provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities and provide positive adult role models for students. The partnership between Aviation High and the Chaplaincy Service is financially supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, and members of the school community. Matt is present in our school at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.
Matt’s role is to be a safe person for our students to connect with. He is a positive male role model who provides a listening ear and a caring presence within our school community and helps foster a supportive, caring school community.
Matt works with other members of the school’s support team caring for the welfare of our students. He may support and care for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other students or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, addiction, learning difficulties, or mental health issues. He can also provide support in times of crisis, loss or bereavement.
Matt may also (with permission) provide support for students exploring spirituality and religion, regardless of their faith or beliefs.
Part of his role may also involve participating in school activities such as camps, sporting events, excursions, school ceremonies, and other programs as requested by our school. He can additionally offer students the opportunity to attend camps and events outside of school arranged activities.
Will my child be involved?
Our Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone at Aviation High regardless of their religious beliefs.
Involvement with the Chaplaincy Service is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered which contain spiritual or religious content. Students wishing to engage with Matt about spiritual or religious issues; take part in any programme or group involving spiritual or ethical content; or those who request or may require ongoing support; need permission to do so. Permission forms are available at the admin office and parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
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