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School chaplain

Craig Lear
​Mr Craig Lear, one of the school chaplains

Bundaberg State High School has benefitted from the pastoral care support of a Scripture Union Queensland school chaplain since the mid 1990’s. In 2008, with the help of Federal Government (NSCP) funding, the school was able to extend this service putting on an extra chaplain for 2 days a week to work primarily with the year 7 into 8 transition allowing students to settle in well and find their feet in the high school setting.

Under the new NSCSWP (National Schools Chaplaincy/Social Workers Program) Bundaberg State High School will be able to continue this valuable service to our school community. The school is proud to have 2 School Chaplains operating in our school to provide pastoral care to students, staff and parents - supporting individuals or groups through all year levels. They support various school programs eg: social skills, leadership, social and emotional learning, in class support, lunch time activities such as Craft, Sport, and ‘Chappy Hour’. Chaplains provide spiritual support to individuals as required and work with larger groups in programs such as The Daniel Quest, as well as facilitating behaviour management programs.

At Bundaberg State High School Chaplains are also involved in running breakfast club which operates daily in the school’s Assembly Hall. ‘Brekky Club’ is just as much about the social aspect (playing games, chatting etc) as it is supplying food to students who may arrive hungry from a long bus trip or missed breakfast at home for whatever reason. Our Chaplains are also proactive in the ongoing promotion and fundraising for the School Chaplaincy Program to ensure they remain in the school supporting students.