School Chaplaincy Services

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CHAPLAINCY PROGRAM
At the October meeting of the Albany Creek Parents and Citizens’ Association a motion was passed endorsing a continuation of the current arrangements that allow us to employ Mr Leslie N Cube as our School Chaplain. At the November meeting of the Parents and Citizens’ Association a subsequent motion will be tabled that reflects the views of the School Community as to a preference to employ either a School Chaplain or a School Welfare Officer for the next three years.

Within a week, an Online Survey will be added to this website for parents and caregivers to indicate their preference for the appointment of a School Chaplain or a School Welfare Officer. From the responses provided, a motion will be tabled and then a vote taken to either continue with the current arrangements to have a School Chaplain working at Albany Creek State School or to consider the appointment of a School Welfare Officer.

It is important to note that at ACSS the school chaplain does not have any involvement in the delivery of the non-denominational religious education program approved by Education Queensland. Our School Chaplain provides avenues of support aligned to the promotion of our school values.

For parents and caregivers unable to respond via the Online Survey, hard copies of the survey form will be available from the school office. If you are unsure of the work of our School Chaplain, please ask your children. They are the best persons to speak to about the work of Mr Leslie N Cube.

Useful Information relating to the NSCSWP

School chaplaincy services provide religious, spiritual, ethical, and personal support to the school community. Chaplaincy services contribute to students’ educational and spiritual welfare, provide student mentoring and allow Chaplains to be adult role models in schools. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community and with the support of the Parent and Citizens Association.

What does a School Chaplain do?
A school chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provide a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. They care for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and foster a supportive, caring school community.

The partnership between the school and the chaplain, 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.

School Chaplaincy services are valued by Albany Creek State School

Models of school chaplaincy
Four models of chaplaincy are available to schools.

  • In the Pastoral Care model the chaplain provides an additional dimension to the school’s care, guidance and support of students, especially where spiritual and religious or ethical needs arise.
  • Under the Mentoring model the chaplain acts as a role model for students and assists in the development of supportive relationships for, with and among students.
  • The Educational Support model sees the chaplain participating in the school as a guest presenter in classrooms when the students are studying subjects with religious themes.
  • The Chaplain is the hub around which a variety of support agencies, programs and personnel revolve in the Community Development model.

Albany Creek State School Chaplaincy
At Albany Creek State School, a combination of these four models are used.  Pastoral Care for students and families is used as required.  Chappy is also seen as a role model to a number of students.  Chappy visits a number of classrooms from Prep to Year Six, teaching on a number of topics including social skills, friendship and leadership.  Chappy also connects with other agencies in the local community.

The service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
  
Will my child be involved?
The chaplaincy programme 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, religious or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any element of the chaplaincy programme.
                 
How can you contact me?
Chappy Matho (pronounced Marto) currently works Monday, Thursday and Friday.  She can be contacted through the office on 3264 0111, or catch up with her in person.

Every school chaplaincy encourages partnership with local churches and communities. Please let Chappy know if you see further opportunities for this to happen.

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