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
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
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org