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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 - Carolita Fuentes

Hi, my name is Carolita Fuentes  I am honored to be asked to work in serving the school community of Linville State School as the school Chaplain. I am a qualified Youth Welfare worker and have 4 years previous experience working as a school Chaplain. I have recently completed a course of study on mental health and will remain up to date with professional development on all the issues pertaining to my role at the school. Part of my role involves assisting students to find effective strategies to deal with life issues both big and small. I am here to provide support for children and young people, staff & parents in crisis, also for those who just need a listening ear. 

In collaboration with the Principal and staff, the activities I will be involved with will help to foster inclusivity and a positive culture in the school community. One of the projects that we are looking forward to building on throughout the year is a new garden area, which the students themselves will play a large role in helping to create with supervision. Working together in this way will provide an opportunity to learn positive skills such as co-operation through teamwork; effective communication; responsibilities (caring for plants and working with gardening tools); understanding cause and effects. It will help children learn good nutrition and how fresh food is grown, the science of the natural world and a deeper appreciation of Nature as well as self-confidence gained from achieving both personal and collective goals. I live locally and I know and care for the area well. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me on my email address below or arrange an appointment time with me at the school. I will be available on Fridays from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. I look forward to working with everyone.

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 Friday...to contact me personally, please make an appointment through the school or email me: carolitaf@chappy.org.au

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Last reviewed 26 February 2021
Last updated 26 February 2021