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 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.
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 programme 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.
Bulimba State School is part of the Gateway Learning Community (GLC) Chaplaincy Committee. This committee manages the chaplaincy service for Balmoral State High School, Bulimba State School, Norman Park State School, Murarrie State School and Morningside State School. The committee meets every third Thursday of the month at 3.30 pm at Balmoral State School. The committee also run the annual chaplaincy Mother’s Day Morning Tea at Bulimba State School.
We thank Nick Pappas of Downtown Toyota as the chaplaincy programs major sponsor.
Scripture Union Queensland can provide more information about Chaplaincy Services in schools.