“Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.”
Hi, I am the School Chaplain, and I am very excited to be working at Ferntree Gully North Primary School.
I have been working as a Chaplain for over 4 years and previously I worked as a School Teacher in London UK. Since I love computers, art and creativity I also work as a registered Teacher with ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) in delivering education programs covering film production, television shows, animation and interactive gaming for all ages. When I am not busy working as a Teacher or Chaplain I am busy in my studio illustrating various private and commercial art projects.
I have a Master’s degree in Education and a Bachelor in Interactive Media Design, and in addition, further training in the areas of child mental health, trauma informed practice and counselling skills.
So what is a School Chaplain?
As part of my role as a Chaplain I encourage, support and listen to students and provide a contained and safe space for their self-expression through either creative arts, games, group activities, playful activities and sport. As well as providing support for the school community including the parents, staff and families.
With my responsibilities and working as part of the welfare team, I receive professional supervision, peer supervision alongside my Chaplaincy colleagues and clinical supervision. As I find this helps me to understand the emotional, behavioural and social frameworks of children and young people. Working as part of the welfare team I am accountable to my managers, supervisors and school staff, furthermore I work alongside the school leadership team for debriefing, consultation or receiving feedback within Ferntree Gully North P.S.
So if you have any questions please contact the school office on (03) 9758 1662 or alternatively contact the Assistant Principal, Mrs Salter for further information.
So with a kick of my foot, tap with my hat don’t forget that I am Matt the Chaplain, saying a little thanks.