Caningeraba State School appointed the school chaplain at the commencement of the 2008 school year. The chaplain's role is to assist in fostering the social and spiritual development of members of the school community within a supportive environment. Whilst providing an additional dimension to the school's support of students, the chaplain also holds a unique position within the school and wider school community through extending care and support to staff and parents as well as students.
The Caningeraba State School Chaplaincy Program was boosted by the Federal Government's National Schools Chaplaincy Program. It is being funded by the Federal Government over the next three years and is jointly funded by community groups including local churches and community organisations. The chaplaincy is managed by the Scripture Union Qld group who support the chaplaincy in various ways and who oversee the program.
Our school chaplain is Paul McGuire - "Chappy Paul". He can be contacted on the school number. He is available for confidential pastoral care to all members of the school community.
The function of the Chaplain
Provides a respectful listening ear at school, on the phone or in your home
Presents positive Christian values
Provides emotional support
Provides help and support in times of grief and loss.
Provides referrals to appropriate support groups and agencies.
Other tasks include
Attending excursions, camps and other events.
Being visible in the school grounds during breaks to meet as many students as possible.
Providing a link between the school, community and churches.