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School Chaplain

 
Linville School Chaplaincy Service
 
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.
 
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 partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance.  These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
 
SU Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. 
SU Qld Chaplains provide positive adult role models for students.  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 Association. The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
 
School Chaplain - Catharina Kusay
 
As a first time School Chaplain, I am very excited to be able to support the children, staff and community in Linville.  I have lived in the Harlin area for over ten years and have a husband, Steve, and 3 daughters, two of whom are married.  We enjoy living in the Brisbane Valley and being part of the community.  I originally trained as a Primary School Teacher and so it gives me much satisfaction to be allowed to assist, support and serve, children, staff and parents in the area I live in.  I hope to be able to fulfil the roles listed above and help children reach their potential and enjoy an abundant and happy life.
 
What will Chaplaincy look like at Linville State School in 2014
 
I will be assisting in Classroom Activities such as helping with all types of learning activities as directed by the Teachers and spend time with the children during the lunch breaks playing games and doing short craft projects or gardening projects.  I hope to later run programmes that help students develop social and life skills.
 
Will my child be involved?
 
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 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?
 
I will be attending Linville School once a week, usually Thursdays...to contact me personally, please make an appointment through the school or email me:
 
                                    catharinak@chappy.org.au