School chaplains update

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7_Graham-BartleyThe 2014 school year is well and truly underway. Many Uniting Church school chaplains are busying themselves in new roles, while others are moving on after many years of committed service.

Arthur Drummond recently retired from his position at Ballarat and Clarendon College. Since 1971 Mr Drummond has occupied many positions at the college including stints teaching maths and English, serving as principal and, from 1997, the role of school chaplain.

Andrew Boatman has since taken up this role and recently conducted his first Chapel service at Ballarat Clarendon College.

“As the ‘son of a preacher man’, I’ve been connected with the (Methodist) Uniting Church all my life,” Mr Boatman said.

“Ballarat is now very much home – although most extended family still reside around Ararat and Horsham.  I’m connected with a worshipping community at Ballarat Parish Mission (Central Uniting Church) and involved in the governance of UnitingCare Ballarat and Uniting Housing Victoria.

“I’m growing used to the rhythm of chapel services across the school’s two campuses and the boarding houses.”

The Geelong College welcomed Tim Edwards into the role of school chaplain at the beginning of this year.

Mr Edwards has a long association with the college both as a student and parent.

Graham Bartley has also been appointed as school chaplain at Wesley College’s Glen Waverley campus. Mr Bartley joins the chaplaincy team with Peter Burnham and Peter Wiltshire. Mr Bartley and his wife relocated from Tasmania where he served as school chaplain for more than 10 years at Scotch Oakburn.

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