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Chappies make a school a better place

It’s Chappy Week, and while we could talk for hours about how wonderful and amazing our chaplains are, it’s even more special when that high praise comes from other…

It’s Chappy Week, and while we could talk for hours about how wonderful and amazing our chaplains are, it’s even more special when that high praise comes from other Queensland state school support staff.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

What price for our chaplain?

How do we put a figure on what our Chaplain brings to our school community?  To us, he is the unbiased, kind and always-caring figure who lands in our…

How do we put a figure on what our Chaplain brings to our school community?  To us, he is the unbiased, kind and always-caring figure who lands in our school each week, ready to scope out where he is needed and jump in to whatever is required.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

Joy of children’s faces, mud pits, and school camps – all in a day’s work for Chappy Donna

Seeing joy on children’s faces is what school chaplain Donna Shearing loves most about her role at Back Plains and Clifton state schools on the Darling Downs. “My happiest…

Seeing joy on children’s faces is what school chaplain Donna Shearing loves most about her role at Back Plains and Clifton state schools on the Darling Downs.

“My happiest moments are always when I see change for the better in a student’s life,” the eight-year chappy veteran said.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

Chaplaincy more than a job for Chappy Selma

Selma Dredge’s journey to becoming a school chaplain in Central Queensland was a long and winding one, but it’s one she wouldn’t change for the world. Now Chappy Selma…

Selma Dredge’s journey to becoming a school chaplain in Central Queensland was a long and winding one, but it’s one she wouldn’t change for the world.

Now Chappy Selma is enmeshed in the hearts of her students and the Biloela community, working in three small primary schools in the region – Thangool, Prospect Creek, and Banana.

“I’ll be in Woolies and the students run up to me, which is really cool,” she said with a smile.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

Chappy Dan growing seeds of change

Chappy Dan Dubbeld walked away from a career in engineering so he could help children and young people in his community.  Now the 17-year chappy veteran, at Rasmussen State…

Chappy Dan Dubbeld walked away from a career in engineering so he could help children and young people in his community.  Now the 17-year chappy veteran, at Rasmussen State School and Thuringowa State High School, is using a community garden to help his students grow.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

South African chef now an outback chappy

Children, young people and their families in remote and regional Queensland are doing it tough – from juvenile crime, broken families, high unemployment, and struggling with isolation. But school…

Children, young people and their families in remote and regional Queensland are doing it tough – from juvenile crime, broken families, high unemployment, and struggling with isolation.

But school chaplains, like South African expat and former chef, Les van Lelyveld, are there to help their communities.

So how did a South African chef become a school chaplain in remote western Queensland?

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Posted: 18/05/2018

Chappy Lisa uniting states of origin

18Possibly the southernmost SU QLD school chaplain, Chappy Lisa Wood has been looking after the students, families and staff of Coolangatta State School for almost 11 years. “Our school is…

18Possibly the southernmost SU QLD school chaplain, Chappy Lisa Wood has been looking after the students, families and staff of Coolangatta State School for almost 11 years.

“Our school is right on the border of New South Wales and Queensland, which makes life fun during daylight savings, but most especially during State of Origin,” she laughed.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

Daughters inspire busy dad to pursue his passion

Long-time SU QLD supporter, Greg Beech, is one busy man, but that hasn’t stopped the 55-year old from enrolling in a Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) with Scripture Union…

Long-time SU QLD supporter, Greg Beech, is one busy man, but that hasn’t stopped the 55-year old from enrolling in a Certificate IV in Youth Work (CHC40413) with Scripture Union Queensland (RTO 30548).

While the nationally recognised qualification can open doors to a variety of careers working with youth, Greg said he felt drawn to school chaplaincy after seeing how his two daughters are helping children in need.

“One of my daughters is a primary school teacher in an outer Brisbane suburb and my other daughter is a social worker for child safety,” he said.

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Posted: 18/05/2018

Junior’s Story

Donnacien Kazadi Jr, or “Junior”, is the fourth of nine children, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. When he was just six years old, Junior’s parents…

Donnacien Kazadi Jr, or “Junior”, is the fourth of nine children, originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa.

When he was just six years old, Junior’s parents sent him away for a better life, but tragically, Junior did not end up in London as planned, but instead spent six years struggling to survive alone in a refugee camp in Malawi.

Life in the camp was hard,” says Junior, “and you have to work hard to survive, eating once a day, sometimes eating nothing at all. I had to sleep on the floor because I didn’t have enough money to buy a bed.

In 2011, Junior was granted a permanent visa by the Australian Government… And it was then he first met his chaplain, Jeff.

He is there when I need help and comforts me when I am sad or thinking about ‘stuff’ in my life,” Junior says. “He also offers advice when I need it.

When I first arrived at school I was lonely. But my chaplain helped me make friends. Chappy has taught me that I have to be proud of who I am.

Junior has been separated from his family for 12 years, and has never met five of his siblings. He has grown up without the love and care of his parents, but despite this, he remains hopeful.

What is my future? I do not know. My goal is to get a job, or become a lawyer and go back home to bring justice to my country.

But I am sure that as I leave school, no matter what happens in my future, it is going to be OK because my school has a Chappy who supported me when I needed him.

Posted: 8/02/2014

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