Charleville State High 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 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 is the Charleville State High School Chaplain?
Les Penrose (Chappy) was born in Africa in the Sudan, where his parents ran a Rural Health program and translated the Bible into the local language. Chappy came back to Australia for High School, and now is Married to Teena (works at Cosmos), and will soon have 14 grandchildren. Chappy loves 4wd trips into the desert, and plays a mean game of UNO.
What does Chaplaincy look like at Charleville State High
During my time at Charleville State High School I have been assisting with school programs, attended a school camp, assisted in classrooms, run programmes that help students develop social and life skills. Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters.
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?
Les Penrose (Chappy) is available every school day and most other times. Contact the school office on 4656 8888, or directly on 0409 241 355.