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School Chaplain
At Chapel Hill, our school Chaplain is a friend or a safe person for students to connect with. She provides a listening ear, a caring presence and a helping hand for children in their daily lives.
Chaplaincy aims to contribute to the students’ overall welfare and social and emotional wellbeing, by providing student mentoring, by helping children to feel special and valued as individuals and by fostering a supportive, school community. This is done through a network of positive relationships and partnerships with the wider community.
Our Chaplain works closely with other members of the school’s support team.
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. The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community
Meet the Chapel Hill State School Chaplain…
Hello, my name is Rachel Palmer. I have a background in Community Development and I am currently doing a Master’s Degree in Counselling.
I have held various positions in the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and have informally been involved with Chaplaincy for a number of years through camps, Local Chaplaincy Committees and being an extra pair of hands for Chaplains’ events.
I live locally in Kenmore and make the most of being so close to Mt Cootha for hikes.
My role here at Chapel Hill State School involves:
Pastoral Caring – lending support to students, parents or teachers struggling with a range of issues such as grief, difficult relationships, family breakdown, anxiety or friendship issues.
Social Skilling Programmes – helping students to develop valuable social and emotional skills.
Providing information to parents – primarily through the school newsletter.
Involvement with the School Leadership Programme – working particularly with students in the upper part of the school and looking at our leadership expectations.
Supporting School Events - including attending sports days, music evenings, P&C meetings, assemblies, excursions, committee meetings, graduation and other important school celebrations.
Facilitating Student Council –working with class captains and school leaders on a variety of projects.
The Senior Rotary Programme – which is run in conjunction with the Kenmore Rotary Club.
Supervising Chill Out Club – a lunchtime activity for younger members of the school where they can come along and play quiet, games at lunchtime in the Arts Building.
Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters. This is carried out with full consent from parents and is reported upon in accordance with Education Queensland legislation and policy.
My working days are Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you would like to contact me please feel free to phone the school on (07) 3871 4888.
Will my child be involved?
The chaplaincy programme is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be part of the activities that are offered. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in on going one-to-one meetings with the chaplain or in any program or group involving spiritual, religious or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.
Important note
The document above is a summary of school chaplaincy services and it is specific to Chapel Hill State School Chaplaincy. Scripture Union Queensland is the employing authority for chaplaincy and has detailed information relating to chaplaincy services and policies on its website. The website is user friendly and is geared towards answering questions.