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Student services and support programs

Pastoral Care

Clover Hill State School prides itself on the community of families that is fostered and developed.  We encourage all individuals to achieve their own personal best, and foster this through our school motto “Expect Excellence.”  Students are encouraged and explicitly taught the skills of organisation, getting along, confidence, persistence and resilience through the “ You Can Do It” programme.  All of the community are encouraged to aspire to personal levels of excellence and achievements are celebrated.

Chaplaincy

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. Our school chaplain (or ‘Happy Chappy’), Robert Greenwood, is an employee of SU QLD, Australia’s largest employer of school chaplains. Chaplains are a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear and caring presence. The chaplain helps foster a supportive and caring school community. This support and pastoral care extends to staff and families. This position is funded through the National Schools Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) with the support of a Local Chaplaincy Committee. Chaplaincy is a voluntary service available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs. The Chaplain does not provide religious education in the school and does not initiate discussion pertaining to Christianity or spiritual matters. Such discussion is at the instigation of the parent or student and is dealt with in a sensitive manner.

Our chaplain provides a broad range of services including:

• Support and assistance for the students, staff and parents of the school community.

• Student development programs that aim to develop self esteem, resilience, teamwork, leadership, goal setting skills, motivation, life skills.

• Participation in the classroom addressing various issues such as values, tolerance, self esteem, peer pressure, relationship development through “Rock and Water”.

• General involvement in the life of the school community, and liaising with community groups.

• Healthy Breakfast Club, Energise fitness groups, M.A.D. (Making a Difference) programme.

Rob is at Clover Hill on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays and can be contacted through the school administration or by email robertg@chappy.org.au.

(For more information on school chaplaincy you can visit www.suqld.org.au).