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Chaplain

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School Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy Services provide social, emotional and spiritual support to whole school communities. SU Chaplains support young people in the schoolyard and provide a safe, positive influence 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 Lota School Chaplain?

Kym Kennedy is the Lota State School Chaplain.

What does Chaplaincy look like at Lota State School?

Chappy Kym assists with: 

  • ‚ÄčSporting and cultural programs.
  • School camp and excursions. 
  • Classroom supports.
  • Running programmes that help students develop social and life skills. 
  • Termly Wellbeing Days. 

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?

Should you wish to contact the Chaplain please contact the Lota State School Office.

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Last reviewed 16 June 2021
Last updated 16 June 2021