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Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld Chaplains strive to 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 and the availability of the NSCP funding which has made this all possible.

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.
 
The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
 
Steven Taggart (Chappy Steve) is the Thabeban State School Chaplain

In Term 4 2007 I started here at Thabeban and have really enjoyed my work here with the students, the teachers and staff, and the parents and community since that 1st day. I am married to my wife Selina with have 3 girls and a little boy who recently joined our family. I am only a chaplain at Thabeban 3 days a week and for the other 2 days I am employed at an engineering workshop where I have worked since 1995 running CNC lathes and machining centres making parts for customers. I enjoy my motorbikes; water skying, canoeing which I have my flat-water certificate for, camping and generally enjoying life.
 
What will Chaplaincy look like at Thabeban this year?
 
During the year I will assist with sporting and cultural programs, attend school camps, assist in classrooms, run programmes that help students develop social and life skills, and train students to operate the sound gear in the hall. I will continue with Wednesday morning breaky shack and helping students with either providing pushbikes or fixing theirs. I will continue our proud tradition of representing the school at Maryborough with Push Carts which entail training and competing in September at the Maryborough Technology Challenge.

Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters. If there is ongoing repeated visits there is a consent form available through the office for parental consent, again this is all voluntary.

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?
 
Chappy Steve is available at the school 3 days a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. And you can contact him on the school phone number 07 4150 8333, and speak to the office ladies about making an appointment.