Queensland's Department of Education recognises that children can benefit from spiritual support that promotes spiritual health as an aspect of their overall health. They say:
"Spiritual health is one of the variables that influence an individual’s level of overall health, and is considered to be a positive sense of belonging, meaning and purpose in life. It includes values and beliefs that influence the way people live and can be influenced by an individual’s connection to themselves, others, nature and beyond" (DET, 2015).
SUPA Clubs (SU Primary Age Clubs) are voluntary clubs designed for children in Years 4, 5 & 6 who are interested in looking at spirituality, religion and everyday life from a Christian perspective. They are fun, interactive and age appropriate, providing children with a place to build supportive friendships and learn important skills to assist them in their social development.
SUPA Clubs can be run by a teacher, local church volunteer or school chaplain, with a minimum of two leaders required (preferably from different Christian denominations). They are held before school, during lunchtimes or after school, depending on student schedules, and operate with appropriate school consent and parental permissions.
A wide range of resources are available to SUPA Club leaders, as well as regular support from SU QLD staff.
For more information about SUPA Clubs, please contact SU QLD.