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Chaplaincy

​Kelly Davis and Chris Davis

 

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities.

Your Dream 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 Meridan State College Chaplain?
Senior School: Kelly Davis has been our Meridan Chaplain for many years. She is a qualified Primary School Teacher and Youth Worker.
Primary School: Chris Davis has been a School Chaplain for 20 years. He was formerly a Primary School Teacher and is also a qualified Youth Worker as well.
What does our Chaplaincy program look like at Meridan State College?
Our Chaplains will assist with sporting and cultural programs, attend school camps, assist in classrooms, run programs that help students develop social and life skills (such as Youth Excel and Building Bridges). Our Chaplains coordinate lunch time activity groups, mentoring and breakfast clubs. Students may request to speak with the Chaplains for personal matters (NB. Parent consent is required for this on enrolment). The Chaplains also supports parents and families in need.
Will my child be involved?
Involvement with the Chaplains 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 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.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
Please contact the College to make an appointment with Kelly, available Monday to Thursday Secondary School. 
Contact: Mrs Kelly Davis
Telephone: (07) 5490 2666
Please contact the College to make an appointment with Chris, available Monday to Wednesday Primary School.
Contact: Mr Chris Davis
Telephone: (07) 5490 2666
 
Disclaimer - The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.
Acknowledgement - This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.