Chaplains are present 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 (or ‘Happy Chappy’), Shane Scott, is an employee of SU QLD, 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. This support and pastoral care extends to staff and families. This position is funded through the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) with the support of a Local Chaplaincy Committee. Chaplaincy is a voluntary service 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 SS on Tuesday and Wednesday and can be contacted at the school or by email firstname.lastname@example.org (For more information on school chaplaincy you can visit SU QLD.
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