What does a School Chaplain do?

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.

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.  The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local businesses, community organisations and churches, 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.

Chaplaincy Model of Care

Chaplains play an invaluable role within a school community, working with other school staff to provide 6 arms of support:

Who is and how do I contact the Chaplain? 

Our Chaplain is Anna Oettinger. Chappy Anna is available on Wednesdays. 

Chappy Anna actively supports our school community in a variety of ways, including ongoing support for students with social and emotional needs, running programs to develop student friendship and resiliency skills, attending school camps and sports days, and simply being present as a caring adult in the school playground.

To get in contact with Chappy Anna or to make an appointment, please phone the school office on (07) 3550 2222 or you may prefer to send an email directly to Anna Oettinger

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.

The Local Chaplaincy Committee  (LCC)

The LCC is a committee of representatives from the school, parents and community who work to support the chaplaincy service, in terms of strategy for the service, and for funding the service.

The LCC encourages and wants to be pro-active in partnering with local churches and communities. Please let the LCC know if you see further opportunities for this to happen.

Contacting the Local Chaplaincy Committee

The LCC can be contacted via email at


How we shape chaplaincy, and, the potential it has to influence our children and families is enormous.  However, in order to continue to bring hope to the families of our school we need to raise $25,000 per annum to provide chaplaincy at the school 2 days a week.

To achieve this we need your help!  Become a sponsor of chaplaincy now by completing the donation form and emailing it to or in hard copy at the school office.

Last reviewed 07 May 2021
Last updated 07 May 2021