Posted in SU QLD
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.
Chappy Lisa almost became a social worker after finishing high school before turning instead to teaching. While Lisa enjoyed empowering children through education, as the years progressed her passion for helping them in their life beyond education grew.
“It’s a privilege to be here to listen to whatever is going on for someone and to take a journey through that with them – whether this is a student, a member of their family or a school staff member,” she said.
“Sometimes this will mean helping with some practical support or seeking out people in the community who can help too. It’s great to be part of making a difference in the life of another.
“I also think building relationships with families in various ways can make a huge difference in the day to day life of students.”
Some of the programs supported by the chaplaincy service include a weekly breakfast manned by volunteers, and The Shed, which enables students in year 5 and 6 to participate in wood work, sewing and knitting projects with Lions Club volunteers.
“On a weekly basis I take students from Year 5 and 6 to visit an aged-care facility where we serve afternoon tea to the residents and play games like bingo and carpet bowls with them,” Chappy Lisa said.
“We also have a Seasons for Growth program to support students who have experienced grief, change and loss.
“There is also the annual School and Community Services Expo which showcases lots of services from our local area so that our families can see what’s available to support and strengthen individuals and the family unit.”
Chappy Lisa is only able to support the children, their families, and staff at Coolangatta State School because of generous supporters like you. This Chappy Week you can keep the light of chaplaincy shining in our communities, visit suqld.org.au/donate.