Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld Chaplains are 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 and a caring presence. The Chaplain conducts programs to help children develop social skills, manage conflict resolution and develop friendships. Their role is to promote a sense of belonging and community for all staff, students and parents.
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, loss and grief, anxiety and depression, and loneliness. These supportive 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 does Chaplaincy look like at Fig Tree Pocket State School?
The School Chaplain participates in school activities, and visits classrooms, getting to know the children at the school, and supporting the teachers, students and the wider school community. The Chaplain works with teachers to run accredited programs, including Fun Friends and Friends for Life, that help students develop resilience and life skills. Students may request to see the Chaplain on an individual basis for support in personal matters. If a student wishes to see the chaplain on an ongoing basis, written parental consent must be obtained prior to subsequent meetings.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
The Fig Tree Pocket State School Chaplain works in the school on Monday, Thursday and Friday and can be contacted through the school office 3327 2111.