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Chaplaincy

 

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities, they provide positive adult role models for students.  Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.

What does a School Chaplain do?

A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope.  Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.

Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression.

The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organizations, provides a network of local support and assistance.  These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.

The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.

Who is the Alexandra Hills State High School Chaplain?

My name is Bethany Smith and I am the ‘Young Life’ school-based Chaplain at AHSHS and I love working with young people and seeing them reach their full potential. I currently have a Bachelor of Ministry and a Graduate Diploma in Social Science. I have been volunteering with Young Life in the school for many years alongside the youth and look forward to growing those relationships and making new ones with the AHSHS community.

As a Chaplain, I am here to support the students and staff of AHSHS through what can be one of the most exciting and challenging journeys of life – high school.

What does Chaplaincy look like at Alexandra Hills SHS?

The benefit of working for Young Life means there is a lot of support both inside and out of the school community. Every Tuesday Young Life provides a free breakfast in partnership with local adult volunteers where the students get to meet older positive role models who can provide continual support outside of school hours.

Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters; students can also be referred by parents or teacher and administrative staff for support.

Will my child be involved?

Involvement with the Chaplain is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.

How can I contact the Chaplain?

I am available every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in my office up at the HUB.
 

You can email me on bsmit1053@eq.edu.au if you would to discuss anything or make an appointment for yourself or your child.

How Can I Donate to support the Chaplaincy

If you would like to financially support Chaplaincy on a monthly or one off basis, please use the following link:

https://app.etapestry.com/bbphosted/YoungLifeAustralia/Donation.html

From this link in the specified fields, please select:

  • Allocate my donation to:
  • Other: Type 'Alexandra Hills High School Chaplaincy'