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Chaplaincy service

Chaplaincy services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Queensland 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 Manly West State School chaplain?


Hi there, my name is Chappie Luke, I started work at Manly West State School at the beginning of Term 3. I love working with young people. I see a lot coming from today’s youth and to be able to help in that is an amazing opportunity. I completed my Certificate four in youth work last year through SU Qld I am also currently studying. I have three and half years’ experience in youth work in the Social work field primarily working with young people with high to critical needs in their everyday life. The last two years of this was in a residential context. I am interested in anything that is science fiction or to do with cricket, I also enjoy music, TV show and food. I also enjoy reading and engaging with young people. 

I come from a family of three my Mum (Sandy) and brother (Will) live in Bundaberg approx. four and half hours north of Brisbane. My Brother is married with a lovely wife and a beautiful baby girl named Aaliyah. I moved down to Brisbane three years ago to study and have loved living here ever since.


What does chaplaincy look like, sound like, feel like?


This year I will be continuing the active schools travel program that was setup by my predecessor. I will also be helping out Mrs. Bachelor with her lunch time group on a Monday morning tea and also hopefully engaging with the kids. I will also be walking around the school during lunch breaks. I will also assist with sporting and cultural programs, and run/assist with programs that help students develop social and life skills.  Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters, for this to happen I will need permission to continue after the first meeting, if parents could please fill out the below form and return it to the school office or e-mail it to me at
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:
Monday     8am – 4pm
Wednesday 8am – 4pm

I am available by contacting the school office on 07 3906 8333. You can also contact me on Or you can ask the school office to see me or stop me as I will be walking around the school.

Many thanks

Chappy Luke


 Chappy Luke

Chappy Luke