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Chaplain

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical and personal support to school communities. Scripture Union Queensland 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.

What does a School Chaplain do?

A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school who 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 also 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 Waterford West State School Chaplain?

Name: Timothy Nuske

Nicknames: Tim, Chappy Tim, Chappy, Othy.

Information: I live locally at Loganholme. I am married to Alyssa my wife of 11 years. I have five children and attend Calvary Family Church. My chaplaincy journey started in term 1, 2009 at Waterford West State School. I currently work as a chaplain at Waterford West State School on Mondays and Fridays. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, I work as the chaplain at Shailer Park State School.

What will chaplaincy look like at Waterford West State School in 2015?

During 2015, chaplaincy will be continuing to work with the YMCA to provide a breakfast club on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

The chaplain will be involved in individual pastoral care and run various community events.

The chaplain will assist in running of Father Son and Mother Daughter nights, coach the SEP Futsal team, running a social skills group which is based around stop motion and assist in Friday afternoon sport/training.

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?

The Chaplain works on Mondays and Fridays.

Email tnusk3@eq.edu.au

Call the School on: (07) 3442 0333

Guidance Officer

Waterford West State School also has a Guidance Officer, Phil Quinn, attached to the school.