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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.
 
 
 
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.

 

Introducing Bucasia State School's chaplain:

Hi my name is Nick Ayre and I’m the school Chaplain.

I’m on site here every Tuesday and Thursday. I became a School Chaplain at the start of 2008 and before that I was employed at the Mackay Police Citizens Youth Club as the assistant coordinator for three years.

I’ve been happily married to Leanne for 16 years and we have one son who will be turning 12 in August. As a family we really enjoy camping and spending time at the beach. We attend Mackay Christian Family Church, which meets in North Mackay and love life. 

I have four main functions at your school.

  • Support students exploring their world view.
  • Pastorally care for students and be a role model to them.
  • Engage with local Christian churches and other religious groups and with parental consent, connect students with resources and programmes provided by these groups.
  • Nurture and assist Christians in the school community.

I fulfil these roles by:

  1. Coordinating a chess club during Thursday first break.
  2. Running various small groups that help to “life coach” students through facilitating activities.
  3. Supporting teachers in the classrooms.
  4. Getting in and mixing with the students during lunch time breaks. 
  5. Spending time with students and helping them with their literacy and numeracy.
  6. Supporting students and staff at school camps.

If you ever want more information about the Bucasia School Chaplaincy service please contact me through the school office.

From Nick Ayre