The Kedron Chaplaincy Service is managed by SU Queensland and a local committee of parents, teachers, and church representatives. Established in 1999, the Chaplaincy Service adds an important spiritual and pastoral care dimension to the network of student support services that are available within the school. Our school chaplain provides spiritual, emotional, ethical, and personal support within the school community. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community and with the support of the Parent and Citizens Association.
Nearly all of the 600 chaplains working in Queensland state schools are managed by SU Queensland, an organisation with a long history of youth work in schools whose motto is “bringing hope to a young generation.” SU Qld Chaplaincy Services operate in accordance with the Education Queensland Chaplaincy Policy.
Meet our Chaplains
Erin Archer came to Kedron at the beginning of 2012. She has a passion for social justice and making a difference in the world.
Erin has travelled to Cambodia several times to work in an orphanage and on local community projects run by She Rescue, a community aid organisation working to eradicate child trafficking in that country.
Erin believes all young people need to be encouraged and to know there is hope. Her studies have been in Community Services and Youth Ministry. She enjoys surfing, skateboarding, the beach, travelling, drinking tea, and cooking.
Nick Warren has been chaplain at Kedron since 2015 after he finished a bachelor of social science majoring in youth work. Nick came into high school chaplaincy with a passion to help young people know they are cared for and valued as individuals. He strongly believes in the potential of young people and works to bring about that potential in every young person he works with. He enjoys surfing, AFL footy, and good coffee.
What does a School Chaplain do?
A school chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provide a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. They care for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and depression. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and foster a supportive, caring school community.
The partnership between the school and the chaplain, 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 provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.
The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.
Will my child be involved?
The chaplaincy programme 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, religious or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any element of the chaplaincy programme.
Funding for Chaplaincy
Most of the money needed for the Kedron SHS Chaplaincy Service comes by way of donations from local churches, individuals, and community groups. Kedron’s P&C Association is also a financial supporter.
Since 2008, some Federal Government funding has been available through the National Schools Chaplaincy Programme to establish new chaplaincy services or to expand existing ones. Because student numbers at Kedron have grown by 65% over the past 10 years, NSCP funding was sought to put on a second chaplain part-time.
We are always looking for ways to raise funds so that the Chaplaincy Service can continue to effectively serve the students, and staff, and families at Kedron SHS. If you would like to make a donation, you are welcome to do so. Cheques can be made out to “SU QLD - Kedron SHS Chaplaincy” and sent to SU QLD, PO Box 1167, Eagle Farm 4009.
Parents are welcome to contact the chaplains directly to discuss any issues or to arrange a meeting.
Erin Archer: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.
School: 3630 3333
Mobile: 0426 245 572
Nick Warren: Tuesdays and Thursdays.
School: 3630 3333
Mobile: 0479 047 603
Kedron’s Local Chaplaincy Committee
Got a question about the Kedron SHS Chaplaincy Service? Feel free to contact the following people:
Mr. Mick Leigh, Kedron SHS Acting Deputy Principal: 3630 3323
Mr. Chris Macnaught, SU Queensland: 0419 680 582
Mr. Andrew Hassum, Interim Committee Chairman: 0402 776 831
If you’re a supporter of chaplaincy, you might like to join our monthly meetings. The Committee meets on the third Thursday each month, 4 p.m. at the school.
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