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School Chaplain



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.


Our wonderful School Chaplain is Sarah Petchell and she is here on a Thursday and Friday. She can be contacted at

What is a School Chaplain?

A School Chaplain is a safe person in the school that provides a listening ear and a caring presence. Working with other members of the school’s support team, a Chaplain cares for students who may be struggling with various types of issues, but is there to support, empower and encourage all members of the community. The Chaplaincy Service is here to provide ethical, personal and spiritual support to anyone who is willing regardless of beliefs, interests, cultural background, personality, family situation etc.

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.

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 involving spiritual or ethical content.  Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.