School chaplaincy program

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld 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 Berrinba East School Chaplain?

Her name is Wendy Hilton. She has been a Chaplain in the school for 7 years but has had other roles, including as a teacher, for the last 22 years. Because of her long history at the school she meets lots of past students and their children who now attend the school. Wendy has 4 children of her own and 3 grandsons. She loves to spend her time with her family and friends.

What will Chaplaincy look like at in 2015?

During 2015, Wendy will assist with school programs and activities like Discos, Brekky Club, Honeypot Shop, and Jumpstart. She will attend and assist students to attend a May Camp. She will help students develop social and life skills, and run lunchtime Bible Clubs. She will organise and run Grandparent’s Day in August, a Volunteers event in November and Operation Christmas Child in October. Students may request to see her on an individual or group basis for support in personal or school matters with verbal or written consent from parents for ongoing support. 

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 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?

The School Chaplain will be available on Tuesday and Friday each week.

You can contact her on the school phone number, (07) 3489 6777, to make an appointment or just catch up with her when you are in the school.


The views expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of the Australian Government Department of Education.


This project was funded by the Australian Government Department of Education under the National School Chaplaincy Program.

Last reviewed 21 May 2019
Last updated 21 May 2019