New service is on offer two days a week during school year
A CHAPLAINCY service in Mundubbera schools is a step closer.
The State Government recently announced it would provide $5000 each year towards school chaplaincy programs for schools with more than 100 students and Mundubbera State School was successful in its application.
With this money and Boynewood State School’s Federal Government funding, the service can be provided for two days each week during the school year.
“We are still working to make a full-time position available so that all three of our schools – Mundubbera, Boynewood and Eidsvold – can have access to this important opportunity,” said local chaplaincy committee member Pastor Paul Dare.
At meetings with local principals and parent representatives lastweek, the district coordinator Scripture Union Wide Bay, Lisa Hardie said students’ lives had been transformed by caring support from school chaplains.
She said the Mundubbera program would be under the direction of Scripture Union, which had a wealth of expe- rience, 730 schools and an exceptional reputation in the field.
“The chaplaincy service wants the community to have trust in it so the chaplain always obtains the consent of principal and parents,” Ms Hardie said.
“It’s about helping people and relationships.”
Eidsvold State School missed out on State Government funds because it had fewer than 100 students, but the local chaplaincy committee is working to bring the service to this school community as well.
“Response from the Mundubbera community to the letter about support has been small and I would encourage businesses and organisations to take seriously this opportunity for the youth of our area,” Pastor Dare said.
GETTING THE FACTS: Scripture Union's Lisa Hardie (second from right) was convincing when she outlined the benefits of having a school chaplaincy program to (from left) Pastor Paul Dare, Boynewood State School principal Vicki Rogers, Mundubbera State School principal Peter Townsend and Boynewood's parent representative on the chaplaincy committee, Tracy Davies.