School Based Chaplain


The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) provides funding to schools to access the services of a school chaplain or student welfare worker.

This program aims to help school communities support the spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing of their students.

Our school Chaplain is funded by the federal governments, NSCSWP, operated by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

Our School Chaplain provides a listening ear and a helping hand to encourage children to make the most of their growing years. Today, more than ever, young people need the positive influence of people committed to their wellbeing.

At Alexandra Hills State School, our Chaplain plays a vital role within our community doing tasks like-

  • Supporting children
  • Supporting parents/carers and families
  • Supporting Staff
  • Grief and Loss programs –“ Seasons for Growth” (for both children and adults)
  • Stress and depression programs –“ Friends for Life” and “Fun Friends” programs
  • Supa Club – Scripture Union Primary Age Club for grades 4-7.  This is a voluntary lunch time club, with activities including games, craft, music and Bible teaching. 
  • Anger management/support
  • Co-ordinating special occasion visits e.g. Christmas and Easter presentations etc.
  • Special morning teas for staff
  • Special morning teas for parents
  • Open Door – lunchtime activities and games in the Chaplaincy Room
  • Facilitating the Lizard Lounge
  • Co-ordinates support with local churches and other community organisations
  • Building self-esteem and lessons on peer support and anti-bullying
  • Providing positive role-modelling
  • Connecting students and families to support agencies
  • Connecting students to camping programs and mentoring programs

Our Chaplain Terry Keen, has worked in Pastoral Care, Youth and Children’s ministries for 35 years. His experience ranges from church-based roles through to the wider community.  Terry is a father  to 5 adult children and has 3 young grandsons.

Chaplain Terry works at the school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Children are referred to him by staff members and/or parents. Please feel free to drop in any time for a visit to the Chaplaincy Room.

 

 

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