20,000 cupcakes funds chaplaincy

What does 20,000 cupcakes look like? 1680 eggs, 500kg of flour, 340L of milk and 67kg of sugar. The extra special ingredient is Rosina Tucker.

What does 20,000 cupcakes look like? 1680 eggs, 500kg of flour, 340L of milk and 67kg of sugar.

The extra special ingredient is Rosina Tucker.

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Posted: 12/02/2016

Chappy Ronnie teaches students the key to a healthy life

In a region well known for its local, home-grown, quality produce, Chaplain Ronnie Timperon is helping to empower young people with the knowledge of how to eat and live…

In a region well known for its local, home-grown, quality produce, Chaplain Ronnie Timperon is helping to empower young people with the knowledge of how to eat and live healthy.

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Posted: 12/01/2016

REGENERATE – New Program for Secondary Students

From the days of Inter School Christian Fellowships (ISCF’s) to Scripture Union in Schools groups (SUIS), SU QLD has a rich history of teachers, churches and volunteers working together to…

From the days of Inter School Christian Fellowships (ISCF’s) to Scripture Union in Schools groups (SUIS), SU QLD has a rich history of teachers, churches and volunteers working together to see young Christian students supported and maturing in their faith.

To continue that long legacy, SU QLD will be launching Regenerate this year. A weekly program that churches, teachers and chaplains can run in schools for Christian students wanting to go deeper in their faith. (more…)

Posted: 20/10/2015

Grandad’s Garden is now open

Do you love to garden? Do you believe in the ability of nature to bring peace and perspective to our busy lives and minds? Patricks Road State School recently…

Do you love to garden? Do you believe in the ability of nature to bring peace and perspective to our busy lives and minds? Patricks Road State School recently held a grand opening event for its very own Grandad’s Garden – a space designed to give children a quiet place to process their thoughts.

A range of school community members as well as special guests, Brian Andrew and local artist Sarah from Kreative Heaven attended the opening. Brian read his book to a group of excited students who joyfully shared their dreams with him.

Patricks Road State School Chaplains Andrea Eadie and Trevor Corke based the garden on the book ‘I Grow in Grandad’s Garden’. The children’s book highlights the values of gratitude, forgiveness, courage and generosity and says “When you pass on good values to your children you are setting them up for a life of success and significance.”

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Posted: 9/06/2015

Something YOU should know about bullying…

I’m now 25, but I still remember this one particular afternoon when I was 8 years old. I was new to the school and I remember feeling lonely, like…

I’m now 25, but I still remember this one particular afternoon when I was 8 years old. I was new to the school and I remember feeling lonely, like I didn’t fit in.

On this particular afternoon, the moment I saw my Dad after school, I burst into tears. A couple of kids had made fun of me… and I felt humiliated. They didn’t do anything major, but a bit of taunting was all it took for me to unravel.

You see, I was a fragile child. I had moved from South Africa a few years earlier and I was pretty traumatised and unsettled. I was still struggling to settle into a new country, let alone a new school. It all became a little too much.

Luckily, I had a great teacher. After that afternoon, she chatted with me and spoke to the class about friendships. Her actions really made a difference.

This week marks the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, so to find out more about how bullying affects kids, I interviewed psychiatrist Dr James Scott a few weeks ago.

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Posted: 19/03/2015

Chaplain makes ‘Survival Packs’ for Prep parents

It’s never easy for Prep parents as they prepare to say goodbye to their children who are starting school. And for many parents over the past few weeks, they’ve…

It’s never easy for Prep parents as they prepare to say goodbye to their children who are starting school. And for many parents over the past few weeks, they’ve experienced a teary farewell.

But Jamboree Heights State School chaplain, Astrid Liebermann, has made the process a little easier.

For the first time, she’s created 130 ‘Prep Parent Survival Packs’ for parents.

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Posted: 11/02/2015

How chaplains help students transition to High School…

For the first time ever, a cohort of Year 6s in 2014 said goodbye to their familiar primary school surroundings. And now, they’re about to finish their second week…

For the first time ever, a cohort of Year 6s in 2014 said goodbye to their familiar primary school surroundings. And now, they’re about to finish their second week of high school.

Transitioning to high school is one of the biggest changes in a young person’s life, so to help primary students prepare, many chaplains run ‘Transition to High School’ programs.

One of those chaplains is Bev Brown. She’s been the chaplain at Petrie State School since April 2013.

“Throughout last year, I realised how nervous many of the students were about starting high school,” Bev says. “They were concerned about fitting in or feeling lost, and worried they may be bullied or not make friends.”

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Posted: 5/02/2015

Your generosity reaches students and inspires them to give

Students at Mackenzie State School, in Brisbane’s south-east, had a life-changing idea. They wanted to collect as many items as they could – food, clothes and toys – and…

Students at Mackenzie State School, in Brisbane’s south-east, had a life-changing idea.

They wanted to collect as many items as they could – food, clothes and toys – and pass it on to others. All they needed was a little bit of encouragement to get it off the ground – and that’s when their chaplain, Joe Riley, stepped in.

“It didn’t matter who was going to get the goods – they just recognised that people sometimes need help when unexpected circumstances arise and wanted to see what they could do,” Chappy Joe says. (more…)

Posted: 17/12/2014

Life in Chinchilla for our youth

We’ve heard it a lot in the media – there’s a mining ‘boom’… there’s a mining ‘bust’… mining is our country’s future… mining is our country’s collapse. Whatever your…

We’ve heard it a lot in the media – there’s a mining ‘boom’… there’s a mining ‘bust’… mining is our country’s future… mining is our country’s collapse.

Whatever your view, I think many forget that there are stories behind the headlines – stories of towns and people who live amongst the changes.

One such town is Chinchilla (300km west-northwest of Brisbane), and I had the privilege of visiting the locals there in August. I heard first-hand about how the community, including the schools, changed as locals welcomed mining families into the area.

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Posted: 11/11/2014

Young Indigenous leaders’ futures are limitless

For two Indigenous boys at Baralaba State School, life has taken a huge turn in the last 12 months thanks to the Limitless program for at-risk young people. Limitless,…

For two Indigenous boys at Baralaba State School, life has taken a huge turn in the last 12 months thanks to the Limitless program for at-risk young people.

Limitless, rolled out for the first time in Central Queensland in Semester 2 of 2013, is an interactive, adventure-based, team-building program. It is suited for ‘at-risk’ students, those more suited to hands-on learning, and students aspiring to grow in leadership skills.

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Posted: 14/06/2014

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