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Chaplain

Yvonne Kamholtz

ykamh2@eq.edu.au 

Office - D Block Support Area

49766162​ 

A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a confidential listening ear, caring presence and message of hope.  They care for students struggling with a wide range of issues, including: family problems, confusing relationships, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying, stress and anxiety.  School Chaplains foster a supportive, caring school community which includes support for all students and their parents, support for staff and families from the wider school community and spiritual support and direction for the school community.  

The partnership between the school and the Chaplain, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance.  These positive relationships help young people to face issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning and purpose.  Chaplaincy Services operate in accordance with the Education Queensland Chaplaincy Policy.

How do people access the Chaplain’s services?

  • referrals from administration, teachers or parents 
  • student/peer referral
  • self-referrals
  • informal, inadvertent get-together  

Alternate Volunteer Overseas Schoolies

This year we will hold our second  Alternate Volunteer Overseas Schoolies.  Sri Lanka is our destination to volunteer our services to help improve the quality of life for others who are less fortunate than us.  We will be going with Projects Abroad because they have a sound reputation since their formation in 1992, have local infrastructure in place and realise the importance of such goals as : 

• Leadership and personal skills development  

• Perspective Cultural appreciation to broaden horizons and  

• Community contribution 

What sort of work will we do whilst in Sri Lanka? 

• Help disadvantaged children in care centres and orphanages 

• Educational support 

• Creative activities 

• Support in day to day activities of the centres 

• Be a positive presence, share fun and support 

• Possible Physical work—building, landscaping, painting 

• A typical day may involve both working with children and physical labour. 

Our accommodation will be in comfortable villas that can take up to four or five students at each house. Fresh fruit and foods and local cuisine forms the bulk of our meals. 

On the weekend, we will enjoy such cultural pursuits as beaches, cultural highlights, tea stations, National Parks, elephant orphanage and historical locations.

 

THREADS

Once a week we will have a sewing/craft morning which is facilitated by a volunteer. This will take place in either the Chaplain’s room or B4 each Tuesday in first break.

 

Board Walk

Lunchtime activities for new students, students with English as an additional language and students seeking to meet new friends will be held three times a week. Here we will play a variety of activities such as board games and simple craft activities. These lunchtime, informal opportunities provide an opportunity to communicate with fellow students, develop resilience and strengthen self-confidence.
 

V.I.T.A.L 

V.I.T.A.L will most likely begin in Term 3 and consists of experiential learning and discussions. Our groups work with “No Rules” but rather, a group written agreement using principles of respect and commitment. Students will explore values that help to lead a safe, happy and fruitful future. 
 

Social Justice

In 2014 we are exploring Social Justice through gaining knowledge and understanding of the Millenium Development Goals in conjunction with a text entitled “When Helping Hurts”. So often our best intentions to help the poor actually wind up hurting them – and us. The authors Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert share powerful principles and real-life examples of how and why some poverty alleviation strategies do more harm than good and also examine why some strategies fail. The book’s last few chapters deal with specific proven strategies we can implement to help people out of poverty. This group is facilitated by Michael Trafford from the Baptist Church and meets every Wednesday during first break in AV1 in the library.
 

STRENGTH

STRENGTH is a nine week programme aimed at equipping adolescent men with the knowledge and skills to discover who they are and the person they want to become. Many young people do not know or believe they are valuable and unique individuals. Most struggle to find acceptance amongst their peers and genuine meaning for their life. This leaves them with the mindset that “If I am not of much value, then life doesn’t have much purpose” and creates a sense of living for the moment with little regard for consequences or the future.  Through a variety of discussions and activities, the students will explore three foundational concepts:  significance, resilience and courage. Within each of these components, students will develop a stronger sense of their uniqueness and value, their potential, respect, emotions, decision-making and problem-solving. They will also explore personal hopes, dreams, goal setting and attitudes towards relationships and risk-taking behaviours. This valuable programme relies on the availability of suitable mentors. 
 

SHINE

SHINE is a nine week, experiential programme for adolescent girls to find strength and courage within themselves to make healthy choices and live to their full potential.  The programme is not aimed at stereotyping what girls should be like or how they should behave, but using a holistic approach, it reinforces that every girl is different and has different strengths, qualities and skills. The experiences and sharing of ideas helps them realise the potential within to reach their goals.  We hope to equip the girls to identify themselves as valuable with much to contribute to society; build confidence and gain an understanding of intrinsic value; develop decision-making and problem-solving skills, understand they are able to have a positive influence in their world and identify personal desires and strengths to motivate them to set and achieve personal goals.
 

The Tour de Chaplain

The Tour de Chaplain, our main fund-raiser, is a fundraising bike ride for high school students staged by the Gladstone District Schools’ Chaplaincy Committee.  We will participate in the Boyne Valley Circuit from Barmundoo at Futter Creek on the Boyne Valley Road, to the Builyan-Many Peaks Hall at Builyan and returning to Barmundoo at Futter Creek. A BBQ lunch will be enjoyed at Ubobo on the return journey.  This route ensures that we still have a 100 km ride which is an awesome achievement for students to complete. It is not a race.  Prizes will be awarded for the highest fund-raising in both adult and student categories. The ride this year will be held on Saturday 19th July. Training will begin in Term 2 and involves weekly training with our school squad as well as 4 combined practices with all participants. Regular practices are essential for fitness and in practising safe group riding.