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Chaplaincy

School chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and rescue business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness to drug abuse, depression and suicide. Chaplains provide a listening ear and a caring presence for students in crisis and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the principal, in consultation with the local community and with the support of the Parents and Citizen Association. There are now over 500 school chaplains servicing over 800 schools in Queensland!  

Who is our school chaplain?

 
My name is Christina and I am the chaplain here at Caboolture State High School. Most of the students here call me “Chappy”. I have youth work experience from a variety of settings and completed study relevant to this work (Diploma of Youth Work, Diploma of Theology and a Cert 4 in Early Childhood Development). I have worked as a chaplain in previous schools in Queensland.  I have always had a passion for chaplaincy and am grateful for the opportunity to work here in the Caboolture area.  

What does chaplaincy look like at Caboolture State High School?

 
I am involved with different support programs for all year levels, providing different services as required. There is also the opportunity for students to refer themselves, or have a parent do so, to have a one on one session with me about issues they may face in the school environment. I also provide a safe and interesting place for students to come at break times. These are just some of the exciting things I offer.  

Will my child be involved?

 
Involvement is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities I offer. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one to one meetings 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?

 
I am in the school on a Monday, Thursday and Friday.
Students can access me by visiting my room (in J Block) and making an appointment, or by asking their teacher or office staff to make an appointment.
Parents can access me by phone (5498 0111) or email
christinaw@chappy.org.au.  All programs run by the chaplaincy service are based on voluntary participation by Caboolture students. 

Funding

 
Chaplaincy is funded partially by the National Schools Chaplaincy Program and the rest comes from donations from the local community.
 
If you would like to donate to the work of Chaplaincy at Caboolture State High School please, either donate online at: Caboolture State High School Chaplaincy , or contact Scripture Union Qld on 07 3112 6470. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Please mention Caboolture State High School when you donate and don't hesitate to contact the school for more details.
 
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