SU QLD chappies

SU QLD chaplains, or ‘chappies’, provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to friendships and mental health.. 

They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for children and young people in crisis, and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.

  • More than 67% of Queensland State Schools have a chappy.
  • That leaves around 400 state schools without a chappy!
  • SU QLD has placed chappies in 63% of all Queensland state primary schools and in 88% of all Queensland state high schools.
  • Right now, our chappies are serving more than 400,000 Queensland students.

You can help!

The Federally funded National School Chaplaincy Program (NSCP) has been a great help, but not all school chaplains receive government funding and it is important to note that the NSCP program is only meant to be a contribution towards the costs of a chaplaincy service.

To ensure local chaplaincy services remain sustainable, local community support is vital. SU QLD supports the initiative by appointing, training, and equipping school chaplains.

Your support can help keep chappies in schools and continue to bring hope to a young generation.

Federal funding – Acknowledgment and disclaimer

Some of our chaplaincy services are provided under the National School Chaplaincy Program and have been partially funded by the Australian Government Department of Education.The views expressed on our website do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.

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Who are school chaplains, or ‘chappies’?

What does a school chaplain do?

These questions and more are answered on our For Parents page.

How do I get a Chaplain in my school?

You can download our brochure today to find out what school chaplaincy is and why it is such an effective resource in Queensland schools.

Get in Touch

Give our team a call on 1300 478 753 to discuss how we can help you find the right Chaplain for your school.



Chaplaincy Week

Chaplaincy Week is an annual event run by SU Australia to raise awareness of the value of school chaplains and to raise funds to support chappies.

Schools and communities get on board, hosting special events and taking to the streets for their chaplain.

SU Australia is officially endorsed by the Department of Education (DOE) as an accredited employing authority for school chaplains.

Here are some events being run in schools across Australia in and around Chaplaincy Week each year:

  • Breakfast launches
  • Day of Honour
  • Chappy Challenges
  • Chappy breakfasts and fundraising dinners
  • Get in touch with your local chaplain for more details!

A2B training

A2B is about supporting children and young people on their journey through life – it’s about helping them get from A-2-B.

It’s not a program, but a way of engaging with children and young people to help them grow towards social, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. A2B is for chaplains, children’s workers, and youth leaders who want to support children and young people as they journey toward the good things God has in store for them.

A2B will equip you to impact young people’s lives.


School Chaplaincy Snapshot

School chaplains have been providing social, emotional and spiritual support in schools for over 30 years. Throughout 2021 we collected information on their activities and impact and we are pleased to share our findings with you.

See how your support impacts young lives
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