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?

Hello! My name is Ronan Paulos and I am the Manly West State School Chaplain. I became the chaplain here at the end of 2019 and have loved every minute of being able to connect with and serve the students and families of Manly West. I am passionate about young people and seeing them excel in all areas of life, as well as overcoming the various challenges that face them. In 2018 I completed a youth based internship at Citipointe Church and in 2019 completed a diploma of ministry at Citipointe Heritage College (CHC). In my free time I serve in my church’s youth ministry, go to the gym, and spend time with friends.

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. 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 run our breakfast club on Thursday mornings alongside some of our amazing students and parents.

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 by contacting the school office on 07 3906 8333. You can also contact me at
Thanks so much, Chappy Ronan!

Last reviewed 16 June 2020
Last updated 16 June 2020