Who are school chaplains, or ‘chappies’?
SU Chaplaincy chaplains, or ‘chappies’, are trusted, trained individuals who work in school communities to provide social, emotional, and spiritual support to students, parents/carers and staff.
What does a school chaplain do?
School chaplains work in the prevention and support space, helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear for children and young people in crisis, and also those who just need a friend. They also run a heap of programs, activities, and events to foster inclusivity and a positive culture in school communities.
A parent’s perspective…
“For me, chaplaincy is so important. You just never know when life circumstances will mean you need their help. I take great comfort in knowing there is someone at school who genuinely cares about my children no matter what’s happening in our lives.”
Ruth McCabe, parent of Liam and Maddy.