The Dalby State High School Chaplaincy program aims to provide pastoral care to the school community through spiritual, ethical, and personal support. 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. Our school chaplaincy service is in partnership with Scripture Union Queensland (a Registered Employing Authority for chaplains), and funded with the support of the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program and generous donations from within our community.
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.
The Chaplains are a part of the Student Support team at the school, where they work together to give assistance to the school community. Working alongside other caring professionals, our Chaplains offer support to students struggling with spiritual and emotional needs such as questions about faith and world view, difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem and family breakdowns.
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.
What does Chaplaincy look like at Dalby State High School?
The Chaplain offer a wide range of activities and programs to students. The Chaplain often assists with school functions and activities such as camps, sports carnivals, excursions etc. Organised small group programs including Shine (recognising and developing self worth), Friends for Life (building resilience and positive relationships) , No Limits (recognising and achieving potential), and lunchtime craft groups are offered at times throughout the year. Students are identified with needing support from teachers and year co-ordinators which may include participating in programs that the Chaplain facilitates. The Chaplain is also available for personal appointments for both students and staff.
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. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.
Who is the DSHS School Chaplain, and how can I contact the Chaplain?
The School Chaplain is Sandy Biss. If parents wish to speak with the Chaplain or make an appointment please contact our school office. Students will find the Chaplain at her office or involved in activities at the school.