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​                    School Chaplaincy
 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 Laura Spooner School Chaplain?
My Name is Laura Spooner. I moved up to Cairns from Brisbane in October 2012. I will be moving to Innisfail in the near future. Yay! I reckon FNQ is the best place to live! I have three older brothers who all live in NSW, my dad lives there too and my mum lives in Brisbane. I also have a “family” up here in FNQ; I am the oldest out of the children with 7 younger than me, ranging from age 20 – 2!! I love hanging out with my family and friends; going out to the cinemas, catching up over coffee or chilling on the beach.
 What will Chaplaincy look like at South Johnstone State School in 2014?
During 2014 I will assist with sporting and cultural programs, attend school camps, assist in classrooms, run programmes that help students develop social and life skills, and run a lunchtime interest club.  Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters.  Parent permission is required for individual one-on-one meetings.
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 available at school on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can speak to me when I am here or alternatively you can contact admin staff and they will pass on the message.