Ridgley Primary School Chaplain
 
 
In 2012 Ridgley School applied for Commonwealth funding to have a Chaplain.
The whole school community was involved and gave valuable support.
Keiron Burgess was the successful applicant, he took up the position in Third Term.
Due to the Annual Salary situation, Keiron (Mr B) was able to work nearly full-time though that term. 
 
In 2013, Mr B has been on the standard 2 days per week, mostly Thursday and Fridays.
More than half of Tasmanian schools have a chaplain! Scripture Union supports over 90% of the chaplains in the State.
 
  • Chaplains are an integral part of the support staff in schools.
  • Chaplains provide support to students, staff and the community.
  • Chaplains are funded by school communities, schools, generous donors who support Scripture Union and through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
 
School chaplains are in the prevention and rescue business.
They're helping students and school communities find a better way to deal with issues ranging from
family breakdown and loneliness to drug abuse, depression and suicide.
They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis and those who just need a friend. All have a passion to improve the lives of young people.
I bring over 20 years of teaching and pastoral care roles to this position.  
  • I am married to a Kindergarten teacher and have 4 adult children living in Burnie, Launceston, Sydney and U.S.A.  
  • I also have 3 beautiful grandchildren.
  • I am a keen squash player in my old age and keep active.  I coach juniors in squash, tutor students out of hours and love reading.
  • I barrack for Collingwood, have chooks in the backyard, a Border Collie named Patsy and have been to Thailand recently on a Mission Trip teaching English to Burmese students and teachers in a refugee camp.
My involvement at Ridgley has ranged from regular class visits, spending time with struggling students and being a friend to many who find themselves on the outer.
I enjoy craft and woodwork and often use creative physical activities to get students motivated and distracted from sometimes overwhelming life issues. 
I spend time with teachers, being a listening ear or encouraging them in their work. Parents have taken the opportunity to get to know me and share their stories also.