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Chaplaincy service

Chaplaincy services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. Your Dream Chaplaincy 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 chaplain?

Hi! My name is Daniel Neville and I am the Manly West State School Chaplain. I took over this position in 2017 and have loved being able to support the children here ever since. Something I am passionate about is seeing all young people thrive regardless of their background and I’m here to do the best I can to help make that happen for the kids at Manly West. I have recently completed my first year of Psychology and Social Work at QUT and am continuing to study this year (2018). Prior to this I completed a Diploma in Ministry at Christian Heritage College.

When I’m not working or studying, I fill my free time with serving in my church’s youth ministry, playing video games with good friends or watching far too much stand-up comedy.

What does chaplaincy look like?

My primary goal as a chaplain is to support children in need, regardless of what that looks like. This could range from helping children in class, group work, being with them in the playground, to one on one chats and anything in between. If you would like your child to see me on a one on one basis, then after the first meeting, the form linked here, this form can be either emailed to me ( or handed in to the office.

I also spear head the Active School Travel program. This program works to promote children making their way to school in a more active and economical fashion. I also get the privilege of doing this along four great lads in Year Six who never fail to amaze me with their initiative and maturity.

Chaplain one on one meeting consent form (PDF, 158KB)

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 currently working at Manly West two days a week they are:
Tuesday 8am – 3pm and Thursday 8.30am to 3pm.

I am available by contacting the school office on 07 3906 8333. You can also contact me via email

Many thanks

Chappy Daniel


 Chappy Daniel

Chappy Daniel