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My name is Rachael Woodrow, but the school community knows me as Chappy Rach.
I joined Dayboro State School as the chaplain in November 2021. I am married and have a 7-year-old son. On the holidays my family loves spend time in the great outdoors with our family and friends. Camping is our favourite way to unwind.
Before I was a chappy, I worked as a primary school teacher. This year I have been tutoring primary school students in Maths and English. Besides education, I have also done some photography and videography work.
While teaching I found that I really enjoyed supporting students as they faced challenges and educating them on how to take care of their wellbeing. I have always had a passion for encouraging and supporting others as they navigate life and chaplaincy allows me to do just that.
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 helps care for students who are struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, and mental health.
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.
Chaplaincy services provide students, staff and parents with social, emotional and spiritual support by providing an additional adult role model in the school and enhancing engagement with the broader community.
Chaplaincy services are inclusive of, and show respect for, all religious and non-religious beliefs and other stances represented in the school community. All activities and events provided are optional, non-discriminatory and equally available to students of all beliefs, and are provided at the discretion of the school principal, in consultation with the school community.
How 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 program 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?
Chappy Rach is available at the school on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. You can call the school to make an appointment.
We acknowledge the contribution of the Federal Government through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
If there is an issue of concern, please contact the principal.