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.
Who is the Brisbane Bayside State College School Chaplain?
My name is Randall Gill and I am the Chaplain at Brisbane Bayside State College. I have been married to my beautiful wife Jane for 12 years and we have 3 wonderful daughters. I have been fulfilling the role of Chaplain at the College since its inception in 2010 and prior to that I was Chaplain of Wynnum North State High School for 5 years. I love supporting my beloved Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs, the Sydney Swans and of course NSW in the State of Origin. To relax I love playing any sport and spending time with my 3 beautiful girls.
What does Chaplaincy look like at Brisbane Bayside State College?
Each year I assist with several College sporting and cultural programs, attend year 8 and year 11 camp, assist in classrooms, run a free breakfast each week, and run a lunchtime Christian group with local youth groups. Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters; students can also be referred by parents or teacher and administrative staff for support.
Will my child be involved?
Involvement with the Chaplain 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-to-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.
How can I contact the Chaplain?
I am available every Monday–Thursday and every second Friday.
You can call me on (07) 3893 5316 if you would to discuss anything or make an appointment for yourself or your child.