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School Chaplaincy

 
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.
Who are our Woombye State School Chaplains?
 
Anne Wells has been chaplain at Woombye School since 2007. Anne is married, a mother of four and grandmother of fourteen. She holds a Diploma of Community Service and Cert IV in Counselling and Youth Work. She is passionate about encouraging children and inspiring them to want to be the best they can be.


Jamie Weidinger holds a Diploma of Youth and Cert IV in Chaplaincy. He has worked as school chaplain for the last 6 years at Normanton State School and Burnside State School where he has been known as Mr Jamie or ‘Chappy’.  He is looking forward to making Woombye School  his work home and helping care for our wonderful students and families.


 What does chaplaincy involve at Woombye this year?
As chaplains, we work together with school staff to encourage and help students; as well as being available to assist with sporting, cultural and humanitarian programs, attend school camps and excursions, help with school fundraising activities and assist in classrooms when required.
Other regular activities include running life skills groups, helping with student council, weekly parent support group and the school garden program. Being involved in activities that link the school with the community is also part of our role. Our annual AnyBites weekend camp for Years   5 & 6 in October is a highlight of the year. Chaplains are also on call for hospital and home visits where appropriate.
Students may request to see us on an individual basis for personal matters, or be referred by teachers, with parent’s permission. On-going one-on-one support for students requires written consent forms to be signed by parents or guardians.
We are always available to staff, students or school visitors for a chat; and welcome visits from parents who need encouragement or practical support for their family.
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 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?
Anne is at school Monday & Thursday and Jamie is at school Tuesday & Wednesday this year.
Please contact our service through the school office during school hours or on
0431 293 156 (Anne) 0402 379221 (Jamie)