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Chaplaincy Service

What do school chaplains do?

School chaplains are in the prevention and rescue business. They are a safe person for children to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and message of hope.

They’re helping students find a better way to deal with issues ranging from family breakdown and loneliness to drug abuse, stress and anxiety. They provide a listening ear and a caring presence for kids in crisis… and those who just need a friend. All have a passion to improve the lives of young people.

School Chaplains run positive, fun activities for children, both in and out of school, and foster a supportive, caring school community.

When you have a chaplain, you always know there’s a soft place for kids to fall. The chaplain supports everybody in the school community – students, parents and staff alike. Everybody needs to have someone they can go to.

Meet our Chaplain

My name is Karl Pumpa. I was born in Dalby and moved to Toowoomba and studied Drama at the University of Southern Queensland.  After working in an office for a year (which is about all you can do with a drama degree ;) I decided it was time to do something I loved.  I have been involved in Children’s ministry at my church ever since I was old enough to help.  So I decided to become a school chaplain. I spent a year as an intern at a High School in Toowoomba and as of 2014 I am working full time as a chaplain across Greenmount State School, Pilton State School and of course Pittsworth State School. 

As a chaplain at Pittsworth State School I am here to contribute to the social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all students regardless of age, race, gender, faith or beliefs.  I am a safe person to talk to about anything and I’ll always help out when things are feeling tough.  I run programs to help support students who are struggling and I love to get out on the oval and play sport with them as much as I can. 

How can you get involved?

Every school chaplaincy encourages partnership with local churches and communities. You can help by:

· volunteering to assist at school breakfasts, student groups, and other activities or events

· offering financial assistance

· praying for your school’s chaplaincy activities

· holding a fundraising evening

For more information please contact Karl on KarlP@chappy.org.au