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Chaplaincy

 
At Kenmore, our school Chaplain is a friend or a safe person for students to connect with. She provides a listening ear, a caring presence and a helping hand for children in their daily lives.
 
Chaplaincy aims to contribute to the students’ overall welfare and social and emotional wellbeing, by providing student mentoring, by helping children to feel special and valued as individuals and by fostering a supportive, school community. This is done through a network of positive relationships and partnerships with the wider community.
 
Our Chaplain works closely with other members of the school’s support team.
 
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. The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community.

Meet the Kenmore State School Chaplain…

Hello, my name is Fiona Foley.  I have a background in Education and Child Psychology and hold a Master’s Degree in Psychology.

For the past eight years, I have worked in the State School system and have found it particularly rewarding working alongside students requiring extra support.

I am a wife and a mother of three school aged children.

My role here at Kenmore State School involves:

Pastoral Caring – lending support to students, parents or teachers struggling with a range of issues such as grief and loss, difficult relationships, family breakdown, anxiety, health or friendship issues.

Social Skilling Programmes – helping students to develop valuable social and emotional skills.

Providing information to parents – primarily through the school newsletter.

Mentoring the School Captains - working particularly with the captains in the upper part of the school and looking at our leadership expectations.

Supporting School Events – these include attending P&C meetings, school sports days, assemblies, excursions, committee meetings, graduation and other important school celebrations.

Running Interest Groups – craft groups, or lunch time groups which encourage positive peer relationships.

Facilitating “Whole School” awareness days – which fosters a school community that cares for and supports worthwhile causes.

Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters. This is carried out with full consent from parents and is reported upon in accordance with Education Queensland legislation and policy.

My working days are Tuesdays and Fridays.  If you would like to contact me please feel free to phone the school on (07) 3327 2444.

Will my child be involved?

The chaplaincy programme is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be part of the activities that are offered. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in on going one-to-one meetings with the chaplain or in any program or group involving spiritual, religious or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.

Important note

The document above is a summary of school chaplaincy services and it is specific to Kenmore State School Chaplaincy. Scripture Union Queensland is the employing authority for chaplaincy and has detailed information relating to chaplaincy services and policies on it's website. The website is user friendly and is geared towards answering questions.

 

 

 

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