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Welcome Chappy Grant!

4/08/2017
Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities.  SU Qld Chaplains 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 organisations, 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 Russell Island State School Chaplain?
My name is Grant Lea, I have been a chaplain for 10 years in various schools in the Gin Gin/Bundaberg and Brisbane areas and commenced at Russell Island SS at the beginning of 3rd term 2017. I have raised two children, one who had special needs and one who is in her last year of undergraduate studies. This year I celebrate my 30th wedding anniversary with my wife Lisa.
 
What will Chaplaincy look like at Russell Island?
 
I will be assisting in the classroom, assisting with school camps and excursions, run programs that help students develop social and life skills, and generally be around for people to talk to about anything. Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters, following parental consent being given.
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 will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one-to-one meetings with the Chaplain or in any programme or group involving spiritual or ethical content.  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 based at Russell Island on Wednesday and Thursdays of the school term, if you want to arrange a time to speak with me, contact the school office and I will get back to you and arrange a mutually convenient time.