Chaplain’s Spot


Chaplain’s Spot “10 Facts about me”


I am excited to begin my 15th year as Chaplain at Great Ryrie. I look forward to being able to have more contact with everyone this year. Welcome to all who are new to Great Ryrie. 


I trust all will go smoothly for you. If you ever need to have a chat, feel free to contact me at the school via phone on Mondays, Tuesdays or Fridays, or by email. If you would like me to speak with your child, I will send home a Consent form for you to complete.  


Here are 10 things about me to help you get to know me:

1] I was born in the year that Mt Everest was first successfully climbed, and Queen Elizabeth 2 was crowned.

2] I lived next door to my school  in Dunkeld [Western Victoria], when I was in Prep.

3] I attended a new High School in Morwell, with 12 boys and 53 girls in the 1st year.

4] I have a wife Bonnie, 3 adult kids, 3 grandchildren, and one more due in March.

5] My ‘schools’ history includes School Council at 3 schools, teaching CRE, attending camps, working here since 2007, Chaplain at Boronia PS/K-12 College as well as Heathmont College, and singing a song for every Grade 6 graduating class. I will also work at Bayswater North PS this year.

6] I have lots of fun – I have more than 50 pairs of fun socks, I love crazy hair days.

7] I bring pastoral care to students, families and staff, whatever the issue being faced.

8] I enjoy visiting classes for special activities, at the start of the year and at other times.

9] I enjoy walking regularly along Dandenong Creek – if you ever want to join me, feel free to contact me. 

10] My only agenda is to bring care and support to our school community – through tough times [serious illness, family conflict, grief and loss] – and celebration times [such as supporting students in their endeavours]. As I celebrant I have also led funeral and marriage ceremonies.


During 2020, I was working on my memoirs – a wonderful project for such a challenging year. It will be completed this year. I wonder if you have a special project in your family. 

Alan Silverwood – Chaplain - Pastoral care for our community. [Monday, Tuesday and Friday] [

Supporting the School community in emotional, social, spiritual and practical wellbeing. The Chaplaincy program is funded through the Federal Government.