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Chaplaincy

 

​Chaplains presently work in schools at the invitation of the principal in consultation with the local community and with the support of the P&C Association.

Our school chaplain, Shane Scott, is an employee of Scripture Union Queensland (SU), Australia’s largest employer of school chaplains.

Chaplains are a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear and caring presence. The chaplain helps foster a supportive and caring school community and the pastoral care provided extends to staff and families.

The position is funded through the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) with the support of a Local Chaplaincy Committee. The service provided is voluntary and available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.

The Chaplain does not provide religious education in the school and does not initiate discussion pertaining to Christianity or spiritual matters. Such discussion is at the instigation of the parent or student and is dealt with in a sensitive manner.

The chaplain can provide a broad range of services including:

Support and assistance for the students, staff and parents of the school community.

Student development programs that aim to develop self esteem, resilience, teamwork, leadership, goal setting skills, motivation, helping skills, life skills.

Participation in the classroom addressing various issues such as values, tolerance, self esteem, peer pressure, bullying, grief and loss, relationships, etc.

General involvement in the life of the school community (e.g. carnivals, camps, excursions, sport, etc).

Liaison between the school and community groups/agencies.

Shane is at Miami State High School on Monday, Thursday and Friday and can be contacted at the school or by email shanes@chappy.org.au

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