Jindalee State School is celebrating Chappy Week. The week, May 19th-26th, is national Chappy Week in schools all across Australia. Chappy Week is an annual event run by Scripture Union QLD to raise awareness and to obtain additional funding to support school chaplains. To celebrate Chappy Week at Jindalee, our new school chaplain, Joshua Green, is being officially commissioned at the school assembly today at 2:30pm. Parents and other members of our school community are very welcome to attend and your support would be greatly appreciated.
Before being appointed chaplain at Jindalee, Joshua worked at Coles Middle Park as a supervisor, starting in late 2011. He may have even served a few Jindalee families while working there! During 2012 he was studying as well as working and completed a Certificate IV in Youth Work through Scripture Union QLD and is now completing a Diploma of Youth Work with SU this year.
Joshua loves sport. He plays club cricket and also enjoys playing football, squash and beach volleyball. He is also an avid music fan and plays a variety of instruments. When he was in school, he played music in the school bands, as well as choir groups. Currently he co-runs youth programs at Centenary Uniting Church with the Youth Minister (Josie Nottle). These programs include Priority 1 (for kids in grades 6 and 7) and Youth Group (for kids in grades 8-12). He also volunteers with youth programs at other local churches.
What does Chaplaincy look like here at Jindalee? The Chaplaincy Service provides spiritual, ethical and personal support to school communities. The Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and build positive relationships. Chaplains also support staff and families from the wider school community. Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with emotional, physical, and mental barriers. The Chaplaincy Service is supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations which provide a network of local support and assistance. The Chaplain also runs positive, fun activities for students and assists in fostering supportive, caring school communities. The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
Here are some Facts and Myths about Chaplaincy that you might not have known!
Facts: 740 Queensland schools have a ‘chappy’. 54% of primary schools and 371,000 students have access to a chappy. Almost 75% of students have their own chappy.
Myths: Religious Education is a role of school chaplains. No, Chaplains are there to serve spiritual needs, not impose religious beliefs. Chaplains are not imposed on schools - they voluntarily take part in the program. Chaplains are not counsellors – they provide ongoing support to students and refer onto other support services when appropriate.
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 program 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.
If you wish to contact Joshua at Jindalee, he is at the school Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. You can also contact him via email: email@example.com or via mobile: 0421 663 775 or book an appointment through the administration office.