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Chaplaincy at Overnewton


Photo caption reads:  Senior Chaplain, The Rev'd. Dr. Theo van der Nest (OStJ) *to be inserted on RHS of page with picture above it*

The Overnewton chaplaincy is available to any members of the Overnewton-faith community, present and past, in relation to organising visit to the school, for pastoral care in terms of daily Christian life, baptisms, confirmations and funerals of people connected to the Overnewton Anglican Community College faith-school community.

Senior Chaplain, Rev'd. Dr. Theo van der Nest is available for students, Old Collegians, staff, parents, and families of current students and Old Collegians.  An appointment can be made by calling the Chaplain at (03) 9334 0131 or via email. 

Chaplaincy is an important ministry of the Church, and open to anyone with a heart for people. A chaplain is a person who, in their capacity as a member of a religious organisation, provides pastoral care to people in need (AAM, 2022).  A chaplain is a valuable member of every school-faith community and a key part of the school wellbeing team (AAM, 2022). Chaplaincy at its core is about caring for people, listening to them, being there for them and walking beside them on their life’s journey, both at milestones and in the quiet spaces in between.

Anglican school chaplaincy is a ministry of presence, pastoral and spiritual care. A school chaplain’s core business is to share the love of God through Jesus Christ. This overarching purpose finds its expression in different facets of the life of our schools with chaplains involved in a mix of liturgical, teaching and pastoral care. School chaplains are called to love and serve students, staff and school leadership, and this sees them involved in many aspects of school communities (Anglican Archdiocese of Melbourne, 2022).

School Chaplaincy is an established Christian pastoral care role within schools whose origin is grounded in the Christian faith with a strong Anglican heritage.  At Overnewton, the Senior Chaplain is appointed by the Board and licensed and installed by the Anglican Church in Australia’s Bishop for the Oodthenong Episcopate in Melbourne.

The Chaplain is directly responsible to the Principal and works in consultation with members of the Senior Leadership Team, the Pastoral Care Team and other members of staff.  The Chaplain is responsible for the following areas which include but is not restricted to Christian Pastoral Care, fostering of and enhancement of Anglican Ethos, Mission and Spirituality and the Liturgical life of the school. 

 In support of Overnewton’s vision, the chaplaincy exists to support the whole school-faith community towards fulfilling its College Values 

The Overnewton's College Values of Community, Respect, Learning and Excellence correspond with the Five Marks of Mission of the Anglican Communion which are:

  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom;
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers;
  3. To respond to human need by loving service;
  4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation; and
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth

Placed next to each other, we can see that the integration and interconnectedness of intellectual development, religious faith and personal growth is central to the philosophy of education with a distinct Anglican heritage as it synthesises faith, life and culture.  This synthesis involves the integration of religious meaning with a person's way of living and is considered by many necessary if a person’s faith is to mature.