What does the Chaplain do?

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.

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 Kalbar State School Chaplain?

Hi, my name is Karen Turner.  I feel very privileged to be appointed as the Chaplain at Kalbar School.  I have been connected with this School for many years, as my 4 children completed all their primary schooling here.
I was a foster mum for 15 years and have completed a Diploma of Youth Work.
I enjoy working with children, and am passionate about seeing young people learn skills that will help them reach their full potential.


What will Chaplaincy look like at Kalbar School in 2014?

Chaplaincy in 2014 will include the following activities: 

  • “Chilax” games room – both breaks on Monday
  • Friends for Life – resilience program
  • Assist in Classrooms
  • Facilitate an Option for the “Options” program
  • Attend School Camp

Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in any personal matters. Should your child request this support on an on-going basis, written parental consent will be required.

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.


How can I contact the Chaplain?

Karen is at school on Monday and Friday each week from 8.15am to 3.30pm, and can be contacted through the school office by phoning (07) 5469 9333.