Whilst Scotch Oakburn has been without a school-based Chaplain for three years, we have maintained the spiritual element of our holistic education through our Wellbeing and Values Education (WAVE) Ambassadors (students who volunteer to take on this important role) under the guidance of our Wellbeing Coordinator, Kylie Wolstencroft. In addition, from time to time we have also had the pleasure of guest Chaplains presiding over important occasions on the College calendar.
During December 2020 and January 2021, Rohan Pryor, Scotch Oakburn College Board of Directors member and Synod Liaison Minister for the Uniting Church in Tasmania, and I have been interviewing potential Chaplains for Scotch Oakburn College.
It gives me great pleasure to announce that the College will once again have our own Chaplain when Grace Reynolds commences with us on Monday 8 February. Grace is an amazingly multi-faceted person and her focus on inclusivity and respect for all people, faiths and cultures sits beautifully with that of the College. Her professional experience is extensive in a variety of settings including Chaplaincy and teaching in Australia and overseas, mentoring, co-teaching, as well as work in Community Care and Youth Services. In addition, Grace’s formal qualifications extend beyond Chaplaincy to modern and ancient languages, Clinical Pastoral Education, Neuro-Coaching and Mental Health First Aid.
I look forward to formally welcoming Grace into the College community and know that she will be a wonderful asset to the College, our staff, students and families.