Chaplain Verrity is the chaplain at Mansfield State School. You can find Verrity either in the chaplain room (under the performing arts hall) or somewhere around the school on Monday, Thursday and Friday 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, to drug abuse, 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?
Breakfast club – Our breakfast club happens every Friday morning from 7.45 am. Breakfast is free and is provided for the school community. Come along and enjoy pancakes, toast and cereal. Join the team as we draw, build and play lots of different games together.
Connect – On the first Monday of every month ‘Connect’ meets for tea, coffee and chats. Some ‘Connect’ mornings are themed. Themes include ‘Lunchbox Ideas’, ‘Cooking demonstrations’, ‘Craft’ and ‘Christmas Ideas.’. The morning provides an opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers in our school community.
Pastoral care – Chaplaincy pastoral care includes one-on-ones with students, staff and parents/guardian as well as classroom visits to help out with various activities. The chaplain room is also open throughout the school days and for a number of lunch times during the week. Inside there are books, games, bean bags, toys, drawing and friends.
Reading in the great outdoors – Each Friday during 2nd break play time, students in prep to year 4 are invited to come along to the grass outside the library to hear a story. Sometimes we do craft, games and other adventurous activities.
'Strength and Shine' programs – These two programmes are a unique personal development and group mentoring course that uses an inspirational, practical and experiential approach to learning. Through the ‘Strength’ process, participants build resilience and a capacity to negotiate life with the strength needed to overcome everyday challenges. The ‘Shine’ program is developed to communicate the values of worth, strength and purpose. These programs are run throughout the year for selected students in grades 5 and 6.
Scipture Union Primary Age (SUPA) club – SUPA Club is a voluntary Christian club that operates at Mansfield State School during 2nd break every Thursday in the chaplain room. The club is for children in grades 5-6. SUPA Club seeks to support Christian children by providing a structured and safe environment to support children in their faith. The aim for SUPA club is to introduce children to Jesus, allowing them to explore His life, and to help children explore the Bible and consider its relevance for today through drama, games, activities and craft. Permission forms are available from the chaplain room.
Special events– Chaplain day happens once a year and is a celebration of all things chaplaincy. Throughout the year we have two seminars for parents, each on a different topic. Topics include anxiety and resilience, behaviour management etc. The Mothers' day morning tea is a huge celebration held around Mothers’ day. The morning includes delightful food, entertainment, speakers and raffles. At the end of each year the Mansfield School community comes together to celebrate Christmas with a carols by torchlight!
Keep up to date with what is happening in chaplaincy by checking out chaplain news in our school newsletter once a fort-night!