At Chairo we believe that there is nothing more important than a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Therefore, every student is encouraged to explore the Bible and its implications for their thoughts and lives. Our four chaplains have two distinct, but overlapping, roles, as explained below.

Biblical, Spiritual and Pastoral Guidance

The chaplains are trained and experienced ministers of the Word whose role is to be a spiritual and biblical resource to students and staff members. They may be invited to attend and speak at assemblies, visit classes and homerooms, lead devotions, answer questions, provide and suggest resources, and give biblical guidance.

The chaplains also promote prayer at the school and are always available to pray for, and with, members of the school community. They help with voluntary lunchtime groups for students, and attend prayer meetings for members of the Chairo community.

Welfare and Wellbeing

The chaplains are available to students—no matter what their beliefs—to talk confidentially and non-judgmentally about any issues, difficulties, stresses or grief that they are going through. The chaplains are not counsellors, but they aim to bring the love of God into the lives of students in a meaningful, comforting and encouraging way. They provide a listening ear and words of comfort, and are trained in making referrals when appropriate. The chaplains will also offer to pray with, and for, the students they meet.


Michelle Sharp
Head of Student Welfare

Shelley Hermens
Welfare Chaplain

Larissa Hipwell
Welfare Chaplain
(Leongatha and Traralgon)

Di McAllister
Welfare Chaplain
(Drouin East and Traralgon)

Mandy Smith
Welfare Chaplain

Peter Stebbins
Welfare Chaplain
(Drouin and Pakenham)