School Chaplaincy at Scottsdale High School



School Chaplaincy:

  • Supporting and caring for students, staff and families

  • Helping people to discover their own story


School Chaplaincy at Scottsdale High School is funded by the Federal Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program, Scottsdale High School including the School Association as well as local funding through the Local Chaplaincy Committee.  

The chaplaincy service at this school is approved by the School Association.   Each year a school community consultation process is conducted through the School Association to establish approval for funding for the following year and the continuation of the service.

The chaplain is available to support students, parents and staff.  If you would like to make an appointment for your child or yourself to see the chaplain, please contact the school office.

N.B. Participation by students in the chaplaincy program is voluntary.

If you do not want your child/children to be involved in the chaplaincy service in this school, please register your intention at the office.


What is a School Chaplain?

This program aims to help our school community support the spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing of our     students

Chaplains are a part of the student support services team in this school.

• Chaplains provide students, their families and staff with support and appropriate referrals.

Chaplains participate in school activities e.g. camps, excursions, sports events, garden and cooking programs.

Chaplains have relevant qualifications, with a minimum of Cert IV in Youth Work and Diploma level or working towards Diploma level.

Chaplains participate in regular professional learning/training.


Aims of the School Chaplaincy Service:

Our school chaplain is at school on Tuesday and Thursday each week.

The chaplain is Peter Lethbridge:

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.


Roles and Responsibilities of Chaplains:

NSCSWP Guidelines

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


Introducing our Chaplain, Peter Lethbridge

Hi, my name is Peter Lethbridge and I am the Chaplain for the school.  Along with my wife Sarah and son Jeremiah, we left our home town of Portarlington, near Geelong in Victoria, to take a “leap of faith” and come to a place called Scottsdale more than two years ago.  

Since then, I have been appointed the Chaplain at Scottsdale Primary School, as well as the Chaplain at the local hospital and James Scott Wing.  Now that I am also Chaplain in the High School, I essentially see myself as “Chaplain to the Community!”
I am really excited about being here at Scottsdale High School, and I look forward to getting to know the staff, students and their parents and carers.  I will be in the school on Tuesday and Thursday and am available to meet with parents, by appointment, on either of these days.

I enjoy spending time with the family, gardening, cooking, music and reading.  I was a Geelong boy all my life and am a lifelong Cats supporter.  Please don’t hold that against me if you support any other team, and I promise to do the same…well, I’ll try!


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 recommendations and 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.


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 – Belinda Fletcher who can be contacted via the office on 63526333 or contact the Principal.

• 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 63526333      



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


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

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