Genevieve Walker is the chaplain at Mansfield State School. You can find Genevieve either in the chaplain room (upstairs in D Block with the year 2's) or somewhere around the school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week.
Scripture Union Qld chaplains, or ‘chappies’, provide spiritual and emotional support to school communities. They are in the prevention and support business: helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness, depression and anxiety. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis, and those who just need a friend.
Chappies also provide support for staff and parents in school communities.
What does chaplaincy look like at Mansfield State School?
Chaplaincy pastoral care includes one-to-one sessions with students, staff and parents/guardian as well as classroom visits to help with various activities and supporting the teachers and students.
During the one-to-one chappy sessions, students work with Chappy Genevieve on activities around building resilience and self-confidence, working through anxieties, identifying and naming feelings, creating strategies to cope when upset or stressed, developing friendship-building skills and setting achievable goals.
The Chappy Room is open Tuesday (grades 1-3), Wednesday (grades 4-6) and Thursday (all grades). Inside there are books, games, craft, colouring pages, a ping-pong table, beanbags, toys and friends. It is a safe space where students who are struggling with peer relations or students who need a break from the busyness of the playground can gather and connect.
The Mothers' Day morning tea is a huge celebration held around Mothers’ day. The morning includes delightful food, entertainment, speakers and raffles.
Father’s Day breakfast is also a large event at MSS. A big BBQ breakfast, speakers and a paper aeroplane contest. It is not to be missed!
Finally, at the end of each year the Mansfield School community comes together to celebrate Christmas with a carols by torchlight! A beautiful event to celebrate the end of the year and the joys of Christmas.
You can keep up to date with what is happening in chaplaincy by checking out 'Chappy News' in our school newsletter.