A chaplaincy program is an optional service introduced into Blackbutt State School to provide students, staff and parents with support which includes pastoral care for students.
Chaplaincy services provide an additional adult role model in schools. Whilst personally modeling and owning their own faith positions or belief, chaplains avoid any implications that any one religion, denomination or other set of beliefs is advantageous or superior to any other denomination, religion or belief.
Our chaplaincy program is compatible with policies and practices that apply to delivery of any service in a multi-faith and multicultural state school community.
A chaplaincy program is inclusive of and shows respect for all religious and non-religious beliefs and other stances represented in the school community.
All activities and events provided within a chaplaincy program are non-discriminatory and equitably available to students of all beliefs who choose to participate.
Religious Instruction is not part of a school's chaplaincy program and occurs only in accordance with legislation and departmental policy.
Blackbutt State School Chaplaincy runs under the guidance of the Local Chaplaincy Committee (LCC), with representatives from parents and staff, local Churches, and Scripture Union (the major employing authority for school chaplains in Queensland.) The Local Chaplaincy Committee is charged with representing the diversity of religious, faith and non-religious beliefs in the school community. Members of the LCC understand the cultural and religious customs and needs of individuals and groups within the school and range of services and support currently available and/or required.
Chaplaincy at Blackbutt State School is funded through a state government grant.
School funds provided by the Queensland government for educational purposes are not used to support chaplaincy services.