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 our 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. The Chaplain coordinates positive, fun activities for students and assists 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.
What will Chaplaincy look like at Oxley in 2018?
The Chaplain will be involved in several activities and programs throughout the school.
Pastoral Care – Chaplaincy pastoral care includes one-on-one conversations with students, staff and parents/guardians. If you feel that your child would benefit from meeting up with the Chaplain, you can make contact with the details provided below.
Room Hangouts – The chaplain’s room is also open for a number of lunch breaks during the week. Inside there are many activities for children to enjoy, including books, games, toys, drawing, a giant gorilla and friends.
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.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
Our Chaplain can be reached via the school phone on 3716 2444.