Tuesday 8am - 4pm
Parents can make an appointment via the chaplain's email address or via the school office.
Students can contact the chaplain at school in person anytime they wish.
What does a school chaplain do?
At Hamilton State School, the chaplain is a mentor, role model and a safe person who provides support to students, teachers and parents within the school community. It is through building relationships with others, offering a listening ear and an open door, that the wellbeing of all can be attended to. A positive relationship developed with a chaplain can assist a student in the promotion of hope, connection, meaning and purpose for their lives.
Students may find that they are struggling with family problems, bullying, feeling down, relationships or finding friends, and it is in these instances, and more, that they may choose to seek a chaplain for support. Chaplains also look to encourage and celebrate successes within the school at sports days, awards nights, graduations and other special events.
Additionally, a chaplain’s role is to run in-class programs, lunch time activities and get involved in day to day schooling life. Each activity and program will seek to promote positive relationships, have fun, learn social skills and support the school motto “Learning for Life”.
The chaplain is also encouraged to build partnerships with local churches, businesses and community groups who can in turn provide further support and assistance to the school community. The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
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 any program 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.