Naomi Dawkins is currently employed under the federal government plan for chaplaincy at Benowa State High School for 2.5 days (Monday, Tuesday morning and Friday).
The role of a school chaplain
- The school chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and message of hope.
- Chaplains care for students struggling with confusing relationships, peer pressure and self‐esteem issues, family breakdown, bullying, etc.
- Chaplains run positive, fun activities for young people, both in and out of school, and foster a supportive, caring school community.
- Chaplains provide support for students, staff and families from the wider school community.
- Chaplains foster partnerships between the school, local churches, businesses and community organizations, to provide a network of local support and assistance.
- Chaplains are available to attend school camps.
- Chaplains provide spiritual direction to the school community.
- Chaplains work alongside and in conjunction with the existing and growing support team within the school.
- Chaplains encourage a volunteering mindset, engaging students in activities within the community.
Students may be referred to the school chaplain via the School’s Administration or Student Services Team. Students can also self‐refer to access chaplaincy services by filling out a “bluey”. Alternatively you can drop in and make an appointment with me anytime I am here.
Parental permission is required for ongoing, individual meetings with the school chaplain. Parental consent is not required for infrequent meetings or group programs. Parental consent is however required for any specific programs with religious or spiritual content.
Naomi is currently located in the Administration building within the Guidance Area. This is a voluntary service and all pastoral care is based within the Confidentiality agreement under EQ.
Current Programs implemented by our Chappy
Free Breakfast Program
Every Friday from 7:45am‐8:40am at the administration block we provide a free warm breakfast to encourage students to eat healthy and get sustenance for the day. Having the breakfast program ensures a great base to learning and involvement in every aspect of school life.
How can you get involved?
If you would like to support chaplaincy – you can! We are always looking for volunteers and financial support to help deliver the best in programs and support for staff and students. I would love to hear from you.
Phone: (07) 5582 7347
Scripture Union Qld Website: www.suqld.org.au
"Bringing HOPE to a young generation"
Religious & Spiritual Content
When delivering services under the program, school chaplains must adhere to the Program Guidelines and the Code of Conduct. Services provided during Program must not include:
- providing religious education
- attempting to convert students to a religion or set of beliefs
As the School Principal has an overall duty of care and is ultimately responsible for all students and staff within the school setting, all complaints about the school chaplain or the chaplaincy program should be directed to the School Principal, in the first instance.
All attempts should be made to resolve complaints at the local level. However, if a complaint cannot be resolved at the school level, or if a complainant does not wish to address their complaint to the School Principal they may be made directly to the Department by one of the following options:
The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations.
This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace relations under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Worker Program