One Happy Chappy
Recognition for popular, hard-working school chaplain
LEXIE Callahan seems to be known by a different nickname every time a student stops her for a chat.
Mrs C, Chappy, Happy Chappy, Mrs Chappy, it almost seems strange when someone calls out for Mrs Callahan.
Mrs C takes care of students and staff from Gayndah State School, Coalstoun Lakes State School and Binjour Plateau State School in her role as chaplain.
For nearly six years she has supported youngsters through times of grief, sadness and just day to day life issues.
On Tuesday Gayndah State School celebrated her work with a Chappy Day.
Mrs Callahan was away for Chaplaincy Week in May, but her students wanted to make sure she knew how much they cared about her
Special cards and messages from all the classes were given to her at a morning tea parade, but not before the teachers had a get together in the staff room and sang a rousing rendition of Here’s to You Mrs Callahan.
The presentation of cards was a touching moment and every student raised their hand when asked who used the Chappy Corner.
“I was fighting back tears, it just blew me away,” Mrs Callahan said.
“If you put the effort in with the kids, they know.
“I’ve had so many people rushing up and giving me hugs and saying hi; it’s really awesome.”
The Chappy Corner at Gayndah State School provides a range of support and activities for students.
“It’s about support and encouragement for the kids,” Mrs Callahan said.
“Particularly after the floods, we had a program called Bounce Back that was actually based on another flood.
“It’s about resilience and teaching kids how to cope.
“The kids really benefit from it.”
Another initiative started by Mrs Callahan is the Brekkie Box
Each morning there is fresh food and drinks available for students and staff as well.
Entirely run by donations, the Brekkie Box shows how an idea from one person can blossom.
“We do it just to support some of the kids that don’t have brekkie and we just chat with them and socialise,” Mrs Callahan said
“I love my work.”
THANK YOU CHAPPY: Students from Gayndah State School with their cards for Chaplain Lexie Callahan.