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 Amy Foote and I'm the Manly West State School Chaplain. I came on board at the beginning of 2021 and have loved getting to know the students and staff here at Manly West. I am excited to further foster healthy relationships that will impact students lives in a positive way. I'm passionate about seeing young people learn about their identity and supporting them to become the best version of themselves. I am currently studying my final year of my Bachelors degree in Ministry at Alphacrucis College and intern at Youth Alive (Australia's largest Christian youth movement) in which I have run large teams at national large scale events and smaller local events. I have also previously achieved a Diploma of Leadership in 2019 and Diploma of Ministry in 2020 through Alphacrucis College. In my free time I volunteer in my church's youth ministry (of which I have been involved in for 4 years supporting local youth and being an older sister figure) and serve on Sundays as part of the creative team.
What does chaplaincy look like?
My primary goal as a chaplain is to support children in need, regardless of what this looks like or how it presents. This could range from helping children in class, group work, spending time with them in the playground, one to one chats and all things in between. The research shows that the generation coming through craves authentic relationships, this kind of atmosphere and community being of utmost importance to provide students with. In order to become the best versions of ourselves we need to learn how to overcome obstacles and bounce-back from setbacks; this is something that I am excited to help the students with. I am also passionate about emotionally and practically supporting the older students of the school as they make the transition out of primary schooling and into high school and raising up younger students to be the best role models they can be as they grow up.
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 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org