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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. The Chaplain often attends school camps and other school activities.

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 Chaplaincy service fosters partnerships between the school, local churches, businesses and community organisations to provide a network of local support and assistance.

The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.

Who is the Rochedale State School Chaplain?

Sue Murphy commenced her role as Chaplain at Rochedale State School in April this year. Sue is a qualified Youth Worker and also has a Certificate in Early Childhood Education. "Chappy Sue," who has previously been the Chaplain at Wishart State School has enjoyed many years of working and volunteering with children and young people. Her role as school Chaplain is to support the Rochedale school community and she is passionate about doing so. Sue and her husband Mitchell and two teenagers Hannah and Samuel reside in Rochedale.

Will my child be involved?

Involvement with the Chaplain is entirely voluntary and parents are 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 “Chappy Sue” is at Rochedale State School on Monday, Tuesday & Friday – and can be contacted via the Administration office.

How is the Chaplaincy Service funded?

Our Chaplaincy service is partially funded by the NSCSWP, along with donations from community groups and individuals.