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Chaplaincy

 

Chaplaincy services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. Scripture Union Queensland 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, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students who may be struggling with issues such as peer pressure, friendships, self-esteem issues, family breakdown, depression, bullying, emotional concerns and grief. Chaplains also celebrate and champion the successes and achievements of students, families and staff.
 

Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students, both in and out of school, and foster a supportive, caring school community. This includes support for at-risk students, staff and families from the wider school community, as well as spiritual support and direction.

The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, 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 Nundah State School chaplain?

Hi my name’s Anita Crown, or “Chappy Anita” to the students. I started my role here at Nundah in January 2014.  I have previously worked as a school chaplain in Sydney and I also have a background in primary teaching and social welfare. I love helping kids see their potential, encouraging them and giving them the tools to be the best they can be. My door is always open for students and families who need a listening ear.

What does chaplaincy look like at Nundah State School?

As well as being available to support students, staff and families, Chappy Anita is actively involved in the school community by participating in school events, camps, excursions, assisting in classrooms, coordinating school breakfasts and facilitating practical support for families in need through the Random Acts of Kindness initiative.

She also runs programs that help build students social and emotional skills. Some of the available programs are listed below.

FRIENDS

This program focuses on emotional wellbeing by helping students understand and express their emotions and teaches strategies to deal with challenging situations.

Rock and water

The program uses interactive games and physical activities to help teach self-respect, self-control, self-confidence and practical resilience strategies.

Seasons for Growth

Seasons for Growth is an educational program for children who have experienced significant change or loss. It helps teach children how to deal with the changes in their lives (e.g. family breakdown and loss of a loved one).

SUPA (Scripture Union Primary Aged) club

SUPA club is a group for students in grades 5 & 6 who are interested in exploring everyday life from a Christian perspective. Children attend on a voluntary basis and with parental permission.
 

SUPA Club is a fun and interactive extra-curricular activity that provides a place for children to build supportive friendships.

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 involving spiritual or ethical 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?

If you would like for your child to participate in one of the available programs, for one-on-one support, or for more information about the Chaplaincy Service at Nundah, please contact Anita.
 

Anita is available at school on Monday, Thursday, and Fridays. Alternatively, she can be contacted by phoning the school on (07) 3635 5888 or by email – anitac@chappy.org.au