School Chaplains - Deb Bromley and Molly Wilson
Scripture Union QLD Chaplains (SU QLD) are part of the care team that provides proactive programs for young people’s social/emotional, wellbeing and spiritual needs through pastoral care, activities, community outreach and adventure-based learning. The position is assisted through funding from the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP).
Molly has been working as Chaplain at Kuranda since July 2016, mainly with primary students. She runs a weekly breakfast program, lunch groups and works one-on-one with students in both pastoral care and educational support.
Deb has worked as a chaplain for over 10 years and at KDSC since 2013, predominantly on the secondary campus. She runs life-skill programs and lunch groups across all senior year levels, as well as SU Qld holiday camps.
Areas of operation
Provide pastoral care, personal and spiritual support for students, staff and parents of the school community
Work closely with the Wellbeing Team within the school to nurture and care for students
Participate in school excursions, sports days, performance nights, assemblies, school committees
Run Life Skills/Personal Development programs
Participate and help with school sporting teams
Assist with special needs and behaviour management programs
Network with relevant support services and organisations in the local community to provide a broad range of services to the school community.
Chappy Deb – Thursdays and Fridays - firstname.lastname@example.org
Chappy Molly – Tuesdays and Fridays – email@example.com
Both Chappies can be also be contacted by leaving a message at the school office.
Chaplaincy and Wellbeing Programs 2020
Boost Breaky operates twice a week serving breakfast for students across the whole college from front of school. Pancakes and fresh fruits are being served every Tuesday and Friday morning. Once per term Community Breakies provide an opportunity for our staff, students and families to gather, connect and enjoy a sausage sizzle and other lavish breakfast treats! Our first Community Breaky for 2019 is Friday 24th May to celebrate ‘Chappy Week’ – funded by our Kuranda DSC Local Chaplaincy Committee and recognising the work of school chaplains in our Queensland state schools.
A2B is a life-skill group, taking students on a journey of understanding more of self, others and their world. An A2B group meet for a total of 7 hours across 1-2 terms and share ‘peak experience’ excursions. The sessions include learnings on identity, emotional and physical wellbeing, support networks, purpose and potential, relationships and making a difference. The excursions are mostly delivered at The Northern Outlook, an adventure-based learning facility in Redlynch and focus on team-building, challenging self and facing fears and impacting community. A2B groups have been running since 2016 at KDSC and all Year 7 students go through the program, which is facilitated by our School Chaplains.
Radiance is a program designed for Year 10 girls, designed to give young women a sense of identity, purpose and belonging. Sessions focus on self-worth, living healthily, confidence, emotions, respect and on-line identity, friendships and relationships and dreaming big. The program sits within our HPE curriculum and runs once per month throughout the year, facilitated by our School Chaplains.
Love Bites and Be Me
Love Bites is a program widely used in Australian secondary schools and developed by NAPCAN. Be Me is a program from Centacare Cairns. Both programs have been delivered at KDSC since 2017 and focus on Respectful Relationship Education. The Be Me program covers issues such as media influence, body image, self-esteem and defining healthy relationships. Love Bites consists of two interactive workshops: one on Relationship Violence and one on Sex and Relationships. Nurse Shari and Chappy Deb will be running the Love Bites Program with all year 9 and 10 students in Term 3 in 2019.
Senior Lunch Group
This group has been running on Thursdays for 5 years at KDSC. The group is for all students in Years 10, 11 and 12. The group themselves plan the weekly session themes and a short message or activity is delivered each week. A broad spectrum of informative and fun sessions are covered, such as responsible partying, career choices, personality profiling, pamper days, balloon tennis, circus skills and even hosting a baby shower for one of our teacher aides!
M Power Girl
A lunch group for girls in Year 6, focusing on sessions from this peer relationship program from the Stride Foundation. The program is focused on learning about the ‘ideal friend’ M-Power Girl, successful peer relationships, resilience, assertiveness, inclusivity and the power of words. The lunch program launched in 2018 for Year 6 girls, one lunch time a week and has proved to be a very popular group with our students.
Solar Buddy is an educational initiative covering subject areas of English, Science and SOSE, with a series of 6 lessons on global energy poverty, country connection, solar technology, solar power experiment, renewable and non-renewable energy and letter writing. Students then practically put together a small solar light for a child living in a third world country. KDSC have run the Solar Buddy project for 2 years and will run it in 2019 with students in Year 5 and 6, sending lights to children living impacted by HIV in Papua New Guinea.