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About School Chaplaincy
School chaplains are employed by Scripture Union Queensland to provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness to drug abuse, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis and those who just need a friend. They also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.

About Our Chappy

The chaplain at Mareeba State School is Chaplain Wendy, our ‘happy chappy’.  Chaplain Wendy’s role is primarily to provide support for students, staff and parents in the school community. 
Ms Wendy’s room is located on the ground level of F block.  Her role includes working with other school staff to:
-          Provide social and emotional support
-          Build community relationships
-          Implement mentoring programs
-          Act as a positive role model
-          Participate in school curricula and extra-curricula activities
-          Look out for those in need
Some of the programs and activities that Ms Wendy runs in our school include:
-          Breakfast Club – where students and volunteers enjoy the opportunity to serve their school community.
-          Lunch time activities when Ms Wendy’s room is open for students to come and have a quiet chat, play games or enjoy craft, drawing and other fun activities.
-          Friends for Life, Fun Friends and Girls With A Purpose are small groups facilitated with our school support staff to help students to build resilience.
Our Chappy enjoys being approachable to all students, staff and members of the school community. She loves to meet new students and is there to lend a helping hand when a spare uniform, shoes or school books are urgently needed.
Chaplain Wendy's role also includes providing information and support for students who may have questions around spirituality or ethics. She has strong links with our community churches and youth groups and can help mobilise communuity support for students' needs. 
While SU Queensland chaplains are from a Christian faith background, they respect those who hold other beliefs and world views. Our chaplain is supported by the Local Chaplaincy Committee.
In May each year our school celebrates Chappy Week with special activities during the week.
Our chappy regularly posts news, coming events, photos or competitions in the school newsletters. 
To find out more about the chaplaincy program, please contact our chaplain, Wendy KumYuen during school hours.  For more information on Scripture Union Queensland, please use the link above.