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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.  It is partly funded under the ‘National Schools Chaplaincy Program Funding’ through the Federal Government and via the support of the Local Chaplaincy Committee.  The rest of the funds are raised in the school and wider community through the Local Chaplaincy Committee.

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?

Our Chaplain is available Monday to Wednesday of each week and every second Thursday.

Appointments can be made through the school office on 3261 1554 or via email on kcono4@eq.edu.au

The School Principal, Mr Glen Robertson, can be contacted to discuss any issues relating to the Chaplaincy Service on 3261 1554

Our School Chaplain - Kylie Conomos

 

Hi I’m Kylie and I'am the Chaplain at Bald Hills State School.

I have however been part of this school community for many years - as a teacher, parent and also a past student. I really love my new position as Chaplain, particularly spending time with students at Bald Hills State School and being able to be a support person for them and their families when difficulties arise.

I am married and am a mum to two teenage daughters so I understand some of the joys and challenges that each stage of parenting can bring.

I enjoy camping, cooking, reading and catching up with friends over a coffee.

As a family we have developed a close connection to Thailand having travelled there 5 times over the last few years taking teams to work and help in orphaned childrens’ homes run by Mercy International.  A highlight this year was being able to take some funds raised by students here at Bald Hills to finance a hoola hoop project.  It was such a thrill to be able to tell the children in Ban Meata Phetchubun Thailand that there was an awesome group of students at a school called Bald Hills in Australia that cared about them. 

Some of the programs run by the Chaplaincy Service at BHSS

  • Small group or individual pastoral care sessions
  • Mentoring
  • Breakfast Club Tues 8am
  • Chappy Chill Out (Tues lunch craft and activities )  Yrs 1-3
  • Krave Kids Club (Wed lunch games ) Yrs 3-7 alternate weeks
  • Seasons Program (8wk program for children who have experienced grief/loss/change in family circumstances)
  • The Real Me Program (8 wk self awareness/friendship and resilience skills)
  • Hampers of Hope – gift packs made from donations of non-perishable grocery items
  • Family BBQ & Disco (Term 1-3)
  • Christmas Service (Term 4)

 

 

“It takes a village to raise a child”...

It really does take the existence of a healthy, functional ‘village’ to bring out the best in our children and young people. School chaplains are well placed to connect children and young people with positive people and organisations in the community; to contribute to supportive school environments that encourage learning and wellbeing; and to collaborate with others to promote strong communities that are responsive to the needs and goals of young people.

For more information about SU QLD and Chaplaincy go to suqld.org.au