Chaplaincy Service at Charleville State High School
What is Chaplaincy?
Scripture Union QLD Chaplains, or 'Chappies', provide emotional support to school communities and spiritual support at the request of families. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. Mostly they provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis- those who just need a friend or for young people struggling with the concept and implications of “growing up”. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.
Chaplaincy is about being there to celebrate the good and to support kids during the bad. It’s about building resilience and treating all students with respect and dignity, and working with other caring professionals both inside and outside the school to build a strong network of support for students.
Chaplains help all children and youth, irrespective of their background or beliefs, and particularly those kids who are marginalised or struggling.
Chaplaincy at Charleville State High School
Our Chaplain is Mr Les Penrose and is available to students during school hours- by appointment or during the break times on a walk in basis. Parents can contact Les through the school office on (07) 46 568 888.
Every school chaplaincy encourages partnership with local churches and communities. Please let the school know if you see further opportunities for this to happen.
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.
The primary model used at Charleville State High School is Mentoring, and aims to complement the existing pastoral care program, although both mentoring and educational support will be included in the role at times. Again, 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.