School chaplains hold a unique position in the community. Since Scripture Union Queensland first introduced a Chaplain to a State school in 1990, Chaplaincy Services have been implemented in more than 600 schools across Queensland.
Our chaplain is a positive role model and mentor for our students and facilitates care responses to families in need in our local school community. The School Chaplain at Mooloolaba State School also provides optional services to support and care for student spiritual, ethical and emotional needs through pastoral care.
The chaplain helps students find a better way to deal with a wide range of issues ranging from social support, family issues and trauma response. She provides a listening ear for students in crisis and for those who just need a friend. Students must have parent consent to work with or get individual support from the chaplain.
Roles and activities
The school chaplain’s role and activities are determined by the Local Chaplaincy Committee, approved through the P&C and managed by the Principal’s delegates.
The chaplain provides support for staff members, parents and families in the school community. The chaplain works with the student support team which includes – The Guidance Officer, Principal and Deputy Principal, and Support staff.
The chaplain supports the school community through a wide range of activities. These include:
- pastoral care for students on spiritual and personal matters
- pastoral care for local families in need
- a variety of age appropriate activities to enhance students’ self-esteem and resilience
- specific programs in conjunction with outside support agencies
- coordinating special events and lunchtime groups
- linking students to Youth Events, SU Holiday camps
- providing links to religious-based support services
- coordinating programs on a range of social concerns such as drug education, friendship programs and resilience building activities.
Today, more than ever, young people need the positive influence of people committed to their emotional and spiritual wellbeing. Chaplaincy provides a listening ear and a helping hand to help young people make the most of their growing years.