The partnership between the school and the Chaplain, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose. ‘Locally, Noosa Chaplaincy is involved in 5 local schools, Tewantin Primary, Noosaville Primary, Sunshine Beach State Primary, Sunshine Beach High, Noosa District High.
A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and message of hope. They care for students struggling with a wide range of issues, including: family problems, confusing relationships, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying and stress and anxiety. SU QLD School Chaplains run positive, fun activities for young people – both in and out of school – and foster a supportive, caring school community. This includes support for at-risk students, support for staff and families from the wider school community, and spiritual support and direction for the school community.
SU QLD VISION
“To see each child and young person connected and supported in community, serving others and experiencing fullness of life”
There are currently 6 chaplains in 5 state schools in the Noosa area: 2 high schools and 3 primary state schools. The breakfast mornings continue to feed and nurture 20 to 30 kids per morning. Through the breakfast program there has been an increased interest from the community to become involved in the schools to mentor, facilitate leadership courses and become involved in the lives of the children. Most importantly, SU QLD Chaplains provide a personal point of Christian contact, care and support for students, teachers and their families within their schools.
One of the current needs is for an increase in regular donations to continue to meet the costs of keeping the chaplains in schools.