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The Chaplaincy program



The Chaplaincy Program is a service introduced into Rangeville State School to provide students, staff and parents with support. A school chaplain is a safe person for children to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope.  The Chaplaincy service provides a positive adult role model within the school.

Our Chaplaincy program is compatible with policies and practices that apply to delivery of any service in a multi-faith and multicultural State School community. The Chaplaincy program is inclusive of and shows respect for all religious and non-religious beliefs and other stances represented within the school community. Religious instruction is not part of the schools chaplaincy program and occurs only in accordance with legislation and departmental policy.

At Rangeville our Chaplain is involved in the following

-lego Club

-individual and small group class support

-lunchtime activities

-interschool sport

-attending staff morning teas

-extra curricular activities such as musical, sporting carnivals.

Local Chaplaincy Committee

Rangeville State School Chaplaincy runs under the guidance of the Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC), with representatives from parents and staff, local churches and Scripture Union (the major employing authority for school chaplains in Queensland).  Members of the LCC understand the cultural and religious customs and needs of individuals and groups within the school and range of services and support currently available and/or required. 



Chaplaincy at Rangeville State School is funded through two levels. The major contributor is the Australian Government (DEEWR) through its National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP). The school is most grateful for this level of support. The second level of very important backing comes from community support.  This support is raised through donations from local churches, community organizations, individuals and our school community.
Relationship of chaplaincy with other Rangeville State School services and activities 
The Chaplaincy service is one of a number of support services available to students and their families here at Rangeville.  Our Chaplaincy program complements other services in the school such as those offered by the Guidance Officer and outside agencies.  Our Chaplain is also available to address community organisations and local churches on the work of Chaplaincy at Rangeville State School.
Consent for Chaplaincy services 

Student participation in activities within the chaplaincy service is voluntary. All parents or guardians at enrolment, and on request, are able to access a consent form for Chaplaincy services within the school. Our chaplain will occasionally attend school camps and excursions as an adult supervisor and this is advertised to parents before camps/excursions begin.

Accessing Chaplaincy services:

Student initiated 

Students are able to approach the Chaplain directly to discuss any matters or issues which are occurring. In the case where ongoing support of a student appears likely, contact with parents will be made seeking permission for this to occur. Teacher initiated: Teachers, amongst their conversations with students and/or their parents, are often made aware of situations or difficulties that the child and/or their family are experiencing. The teacher may refer the situation to our Chaplain for consideration of the best range of measures to support the student/family involved.

Parent/Guardian initiated

Parents/guardians are welcome to request a meeting with the Chaplain to discuss concerns related to their child or family.

Our Chaplain

At Rangeville our current Chaplain is Jo Lochel.  Chappy Jo can be contacted through the school office.