Chaplain: Ben Chapman
What does Chaplaincy at Hendra SS look like?
The role of Chaplain at Hendra State School is that of mentor, role model and to be a safe person who provides support to students, teachers and parents within the school community. It is through building relationships with others, offering a listening ear and an open door, that the wellbeing of all can be attended to. A positive relationship developed with a Chaplain can assist a student in the promotion of hope, connection, meaning and purpose for their lives.
Students may find that they are struggling with family problems, bullying feeling down, relationships or finding friends, and it is in these instances , and more, that they may choose to seek a Chaplain for support. Chaplains also look to encourage and celebrate successes within the school at sports days, awards nights, grade seven graduations and other special events.
Additionally a Chaplain's role is to run in-school programs, lunch time activities and get involved in day to day schooling life. Each activity and program will seek to promote positive relationships, have fun, learn social skills and support the school motto "Service before Self."
The Chaplain is also encouraged to build partnerships with local churches, businesses and community groups who can in turn provide further to available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.