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Our school chaplain

Hi! I am Kieron Jarvis, the school chaplain for Pentland – known as Chappy, Chappy Jarvis, C-Happy, Mr Jarvis, Mr Chappy or even Miss Chappy (some students still have to adjust to having a male staff member).

In my role as chaplain, I offer pastoral care and support to the school community in times of personal/family crisis, grief, loss, life and spiritual issues. I am here to be an additional positive role model, listening ear and friend for the students.

I can usually be found in a classroom somewhere helping out, lending a hand at school events, running a lunch time club or hanging out with students in the breaks.

I attend Pentland School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Pentland State School chaplaincy service

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld 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 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.

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 provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.

The chaplaincy service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.

What will chaplaincy look like at Pentland State School in 2013/2014?

During 2014 we will have a lunch time 'Craft Club', assist in cultural programs, attend school camps, assist in classrooms, assist with extra-curricular activities and help students develop social and life skills. Students may request to see a chaplain on an individual basis for support in personal matters. A one-on-one parent consent form is required for ongoing individual visits, form available from the school office. There is currently no plan to run activities involving religious and/or spiritual involvement.

Will my child be involved?

Involvement with the chaplaincy service 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-on-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. They may also raise any issues of concern with the school principal.

How can I contact the Chaplain?

Either see him at school or contact him through the school office.

2014 Schedule

  • Tuesday 8.00 am - 3.00 pm
  • Wednesday 8.00 am - 3.00 pm