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Chaplaincy

​A school Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence and a message of hope. They partner with the other welfare and student services to care for students struggling with a range of issues, within themselves or their family and social networks, which may include: family problems, confusing relationships, peer pressure, friendship difficulties, low self-esteem, bullying, depression, suicide, drug and alcohol issues, and/or physical, sexual and emotional abuse.

Chaplains are involved in positive, fun activities for young people, both in and out of school and foster a supportive, caring school community. This includes support for at-risk students, support for staff and families from the wider school community, and spiritual support and direction for the school community.

Chaplaincy at PRSS is supported by local churches, individuals, the P&C, businesses and community organisations which provide a network of local support and assistance for the school community. These positive partnerships help young people and their families to face issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning and purpose.

Our Chaplain, Tania Pattemore, (known as ‘Chappy Tan’) commenced her role at PRSS in November 2012 having previously been a Chaplain in other mainstream high schools.
Tania is employed as a Chaplain by SU QLD. SU QLD is an interdenominational Christian organisation, officially endorsed by Education Queensland as an accredited employing authority for school Chaplains. They have worked in schools for more than 75 years, in partnership with local churches and community groups. Since 1990, SU QLD has been the leading supplier of school Chaplains in Queensland state schools, currently training, supporting, equipping, and overseeing more than 650 Chaplaincies.

Tania is available at school on Tuesday and Wednesday, and can be contacted  by calling her directly on 3285 0555 or via email at taniap@chappy.org.au Students may also be referred by teachers, parents and administration staff.

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