School chaplains play a vital role in supporting the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of our young people. Louisa’s story is a beautiful first-hand account that shows how your support is making a difference…
Louisa’s Story – April, 2021
I remember the first day of school sitting under the lunch area alone with my earphones.
I didn’t want to talk to anybody.
As a new kid I felt like everyone would make fun of me. Chappy Jennie started a conversation with me and introduced me to all the year 11 students. I was so shy but she encouraged me to be brave. At school I was a rebel kid.
One day I was struggling in maths. I was so upset that I left without the teacher’s consent. Chappy brought me into her staffroom and asked me to explain what was wrong. I explained to her about the situation that was bugging me. The advice she gave me was to forgive, keep trying and move forward. From that day on I started showing up to class early and participated in all my maths.
I also had trouble speaking in front of an audience. Just remembering how nervous I was I asked Chappy if she could pray for me. She did. And just like that, I got over stage fright.
My name is Louisa and I am in year 12 at Home Hill State High School and I am the Indigenous Leader of the school. I also attend the Crossfire youth group that Chappy runs on Friday nights. I help Chappy Jennie keep the younger kids doing the right thing on the bus.