Redland Bay State School Chaplaincy Program
Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld Chaplains provide positive adult role models for students. 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.
What does a School Chaplain do?
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.
Working with other members of the school’s 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 depression.
The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organizations, provides 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.
Who is the Redland Bay School Chaplain?
Chappy Lou (Louanne Gard) is the current chaplain of Redland Bay State School. Chappy Lou comes with 8 ½ years of experience in both primary and high school settings. Her role at Redland Bay Primary is to support the whole school community through various avenues which include: in class support, programs, lunch time activities, food hampers, workshops, clubs, fund raising and networking with numerous businesses, organizations, churches and community groups.
What will Chaplaincy look like at Redland Bay State School?
The chaplaincy program offers programs and support to the school community. This currently comes in the form of breakfast clubs, Fun Friends or Friends for Life programs, media programs, social justice programs, coffee connection, lunch time activities or any other small group activities that assist the students and families, provides support and encourages an awareness of the school and the wider community.
Will my child be involved?
Involvement with the Chaplain is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one-to-one meetings with the Chaplain or in any program or group. Parental consent is mandatory for programs involving spiritual content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
By contacting the School on 34794222 or emailing the chaplain directly @ firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.