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Chaplaincy

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Hi there!  Our names are Sam Green and Ebony Rea, and we are the School Chaplains here at Ferny Grove State High School. Below is a snapshot of what our Chaplaincy Service looks like here at Ferny, from the type of support offered, to some of the programs we run, to our involvement in general school life, as well as some details about our Chaplaincy Committee and how you and your student can make contact.​ 

Support

It’s great to be part of such a strong support team here at Ferny. Our Student Support Service Team (SSS Team) is made up of our Deputy Principal, HOD Student Engagement, School Nurse, Defence Transition Mentor / Youth Support Coordinator, Guidance Officers and us the Chaplains. We work closely with all staff members, but work closely with the SEP Department, Year Level Coordinators, Head of Junior and Senior Schooling and Administration staff in order to provide the best support we can. 

We see the Chaplaincy role as one that will focuses on supporting, empowering and encouraging all members of the community in order to make their experience here at Ferny the best it can be. Our aim as a Chaplain is to be safe people within the school that look to serve the individual needs of everyone we come in contact with. We have supported students struggling in various situations including family concerns, confusing relationships, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, bullying, depression, spiritual and worldview questions, school struggles, etc. This is usually done through one-on-one appointments.​

Programs

Chappy Breakfast​

We are very excited that our Chappy Breakfasts will be up and running again this year!! Chappy Breakfast provides pancakes, fruit, cereal, toast and juice to students and staff every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month [unless otherwise advertised]. Best of all, it’s FREE! We start serving from 7:30am through until around 8:45am near the canteen.

Group Programs

We run a variety of programs that take place throughout the year, each with their own unique focus and structure. Programs include potential enhancement courses, life skills and social skills development and some groups that look at some of the bigger [sometimes more in-depth] questions in life. The programs work through values such as trust, respect, resilience, commitment, responsibility, and self-esteem, helping students explore and integrate these, and many others into their lives and daily choices. We try to use action-based learning as much as we can, which is designed to help students not only learn but actually experience these values.​

​School Life

We love to be involved in the everyday life here at Ferny Grove, including various performances, shows and events, year level camps, specialty camps, class excursions, classroom sport, sports carnivals, plus being involved in pastoral care and access lessons, and just generally walking around during lunchtime. Our hope is that through all of this, we are available to talk to and provide support for students when needed as well as enhancing the sense of community within our school.​

Local Chaplaincy Committee 

As part of the Chaplaincy Service here at Ferny Grove SHS, we hold regular Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC) meetings across each term. The aim of the LCC is to engage the community in the Chaplaincy Service and to be actively involved in fundraising, direction and assistance for the Chaplains, the Chaplaincy programs, and the service as a whole. The great thing about Chaplaincy is that it is a community initiative, so we encourage community engagement as much as possible. If you would like to be involved in the LCC committee, or would like more information, please let us know.

Contact Information

Our office is located up in our Support Services Block (M Block).  Students can come and visit before school, during break times and after school to make an appointment, to have a chat, or to just hang out. As you can imagine our job requires us to be out of the office quite a bit, so if we are not in our office, students can write a note, slip it under the door and we will get back to them as soon as we can. Participation in all chaplaincy activities, programs and conversations are completely voluntary and permission will be asked for when required. Please, feel free to get in contact with either of us by calling our main Administration Office (3550 5777) and asking for the Chaplains, or by our details below. You may also wish to contact Deputy Principal and Support Services Line Manager, Scott Shorten if you have any further questions/concerns by phoning the main Administration Office on (3550 5777).​

Sam Green

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

3550 5777 / sgree312@eq.edu.au / sam@chappy.org.au

Ebony Rea

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

3550 5777 / erea5@eq.edu.au / ebony@eq.edu.au

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Last reviewed 14 July 2020
Last updated 14 July 2020