A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.
A Chaplains role is to provide support socially, emotionally and spiritually to the whole school community. Working with other members of the school support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and anxiety.
The partnership between the school and the chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provide a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning and purpose.
The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community, regardless of their religious beliefs. Participation is totally voluntary and where spiritual content is involved, parent permission will always be required. Teaching 'Religious Instruction' is not part of the role of a school chaplain.
Our School Chappy
Chappy Jade has been our school chaplain for the past 7 years and is here each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Chappy Jade runs group programs focused on social skills and friendships, lunch time activities, including SUPA club, Lego and the HOPE cooking group, as well as being available to support students on an individual basis with parental permission. The Chappy Room is at the top of J Block where you will also find the HOPE op shop. All items in the HOPE shop are by gold coin donation unless otherwise marked, with the funds raised going to support chaplaincy.