School chaplains support young people in one of today’s most high pressure environments – the schoolyard. SU QLD chaplains provide a safe, positive influence for our children.
SU QLD chaplains, or ‘chappies’, are trusted, trained individuals who work in school communities to provide social, emotional, and spiritual support to students, parents/carers and staff. More than 67% of Queensland state schools have a school chaplain, providing support to more than 400,000 students across the state.
School chaplains work in the prevention and support space, helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear for children and young people in crisis, and also those who just need a friend. They also run a heap of programs, activities, and events to foster inclusivity and a positive culture in school communities.
In Caloundra, Paul Murray is chaplain at Caloundra State High School, and Emily Smith is chaplain at Caloundra State School. They will be joining us at our services at St Andrew’s on Sunday 11th August.
In the Glasshouse area, Mike Turner is the chaplain of Beerwah High & Beerwah Primary Schools. He works full time across the two schools providing emotional and spiritual support to students, staff and families. He will be joining us for the 9am service at Mary MacKillop on Sunday 25th August
SU QLD support the chaplains by providing training, and some partial funding is provided by the Federally funded National School Chaplaincy Program. But to keep chappies in the schools, providing their essential work in bringing hope to a young generation, local support is needed. Please join this by supporting our charity of the month.
More information about SU QLD chaplaincy can be found at: