Chaplains play key role for kids
GIVING thanks to the people in the community who support and contribute to the school chaplaincy program was celebrated at a breakfast at the Coffee Club on Wednesday morning.
Members and leaders of schools, church and service groups who attended, reciprocated their gratitude for the chaplaincy services available in our schools.
Warwick State High School chaplain Marie Brennan organised the breakfast to raise awareness of the ever-increasing demand and importance of chaplains in the education system, and to thank those that assist in making this possible.
Chaplains have been operational in the local area for over 20 years and their role is wide and varied.
Mrs Brennan said that prominently a chaplain is someone who offers a listening ear to students who need to talk about their problems.
"We are here to listen to all problems, big or small, whether it be family issues, problems at school or in personal relationships," she said.
Apart from offering emotional support, the program assists those in need of basic essentials such as food and clothing.
Mrs Brennan said that there are a lot more families in our local community that are suffering financial hardship than most people realise.
"We rely heavily on the support of the community to assist those students in need and appreciate any donations received," she said.
"Part of the profits from this morning's breakfast will allow us to buy warm school clothing for the some of the students."
Along with Mrs Brennan, Donna Angell provides chaplaincy services at Central and East State School with vacancies for chaplains available at West and Killarney State schools.
Chair of the chaplaincy Andrew Jones said he looks forward to the continued support from local businesses, community groups and individuals.
"We also welcome anyone that has an interest in helping in any way to contact us, and join in supporting the youth of today."
The chaplaincy committee hold meetings on the third Thursday of each month at 4pm at the Warwick High School or alternatively call Andrew Jones on 0437 280 537 to see how you can be of assistance.