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From 2009 Tracy Sbresni has been the chaplain for our school community. Chaplaincy service benefits our school community by helping students and families to cope through difficult times, through to equipping students with life-long skills that will help them face any challenges ahead.

School chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and rescue business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from anxiety, family breakdown, loneliness, grief and friendship issues. Chaplains provide a listening ear and a caring presence for students in crisis and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the principal, in consultation with the local community and with the support of the Parents and Citizen Association. There are now over 500 school chaplains servicing over 600 schools in Queensland!

Who is our school chaplain?

 

My name is Tracy Sbresni and I am the chaplain here at Caboolture State School. Most of the students here call me “Chappy”. I have youth work experience from a variety of settings and have a Bachelor of Teaching. I have worked predominantly in farming, the hospitality industry and education settings. I enjoy a wide range of art and craft as well as gardening and catching up with family and friends.

What does chaplaincy look like at Caboolture State School?

 

I am involved with running different groups across year levels, providing different services as required. There is also the opportunity for students to refer themselves, or have a parent do so, to have a one on one session with me about issues they may face in the school environment. I attend year 5 and 6 camps to assist the teachers where needed and I also provide a safe and interesting place for students to come at break times.

Breakfast Club runs on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 8:10 to 8:40 in the school kitchen. Local businesses, community groups, friends from the RSL home, staff and parents donate items to keep the Breakfast Club running.

Chappy Room is open in the playbreaks from Monday to Thursday. There are a variety of activities for children who choose to play there ranging from playdough, colouring-in, board games, paper craft and construction.

Kids Club runs on Tuesday's from 3:00 to 3:45, in the Chappy Room. It is for children interested in exploring Christian beliefs. Parental permission slips need to be signed before children are allowed to attend. Permission slips can be collected from Chappy if you are interested in your child being part of the club.

Will my child be involved?

 

Involvement is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities I offer. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one to one meetings 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. The permission form can be accessed here (PDF, 59KB).

How can I contact the Chaplain?

 

I am employed in the school from Monday to Friday.

Parents can access me on the school phone number 5431 4555 or email tracys@chappy.org.au

Funding

 

Chaplaincy is funded partially by the State and National Schools Chaplaincy Program and the rest comes from donations from the local community.

If you would like to donate to the work of Chaplaincy at Caboolture State School please, either donate online at Caboolture State School Chaplaincy, download a donation form or contact Scripture Union Qld on 07 3112 6470. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Please mention Caboolture State School when you donate.

Want to know more?

 

 Visit the SU Qld Chaplaincy website for more information on chaplaincy.