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Chaplaincy

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Helensvale SHS chaplaincy service is provided by the community of Christian churches in the Helensvale and surrounding suburbs, in conjunction with Scripture Union Queensland, with funding from the National Schools Chaplaincy Program administered by the federal Department of Education and Training. The Chaplaincy Service is endorsed by the Helensvale High School Parents and Citizens Association, with the full support of the school. The chaplaincy service seeks to provide care and support to all students, staff and their families regardless of race, religion or values. All matters raised are treated in complete confidence without judgement. Our school chaplains work in conjunction with our Student Support Services staff to support our students and families.

What care is available?

  • A listening ear without judgement

    • face to face at school

    • by telephone

    • in your home

  • Social emotional support

  • Help in times of grief and loss

  • Referral to appropriate support staff within the school

What else does a school chaplain do?

  • Attend excursions, camps and other events

  • Runs lunchtime programs

  • Provides a link between the school, community and churches

  • Promotes prayer for the school and in school among staff and students

  • Runs support programs to support students with particular needs

What can I talk to the Chaplain about?

Struggles come in all shapes and sizes and our Chaplain is happy to talk with you about any issues of concern, for example:

  • Abuse

  • Addiction

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Bullying

  • Cultural identification

  • Family struggles / breakdown

  • Fear

  • Frustration

  • Gender

  • Grief & loss

  • Homelessness

  • Loneliness

  • Peer pressure

  • Relationship tensions

  • Sadness

  • Self-harm tendency

  • Spirituality

  • Unfair treatment

Is the service confidential?

Yes, when you speak to the Chaplain almost everything is confidential. There are some issues which come under mandatory reporting and the Chaplain must pass that information on. For example – cases of harm, abuse or neglect. If you’re uncertain please feel free to discuss this further with the Chaplain.

Introducing the school chaplains...

Mr Long (Lom) Bradley has been school chaplain at Helensvale SHS since the beginning of 2000. Long has also been School Chaplain at Helensvale Primary school since 2007. He lives in Helensvale and attends CrossLife, a Baptist Church in Helensvale. Long has been working with children and young people since 1983. He enjoys spending time with his son, playing the drums and guitar, photography, chess and budgie breeding. Long also serves the community as a Justice of the Peace (Qualified).

Chaplain Julia is a second generation migrant from Korea.  She grew up in Sydney and Brisbane. Julia has currently been living on the Coast for the past 20 years, serving in a pastoral leadership position at Gold the Coast Full Gospel Church.  Chaplain Julia has much experience working with young people & families.   She travels to speak at youth conferences & works with many young people, is trained in Bachelor of Ministry and Masters in Social Work and her specialised focus area is Mental Health and Wellbeing.   She loves seeing young people flourish and live meaningful lives. Her other interests are playing the piano, hanging out with her children and gym work outs.

 

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Last reviewed 31 January 2020
Last updated 31 January 2020