School Chaplain

The National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program (NSCSWP) provides funding to schools to access the services of a school chaplain or student welfare worker. SU Qld provide a Snapshot of School Chaplaincy for the wider community.

This program aims to help school communities support the spiritual, social and emotional wellbeing of their students.

Our school Chaplain is funded by the federal governments, NSCSWP, operated by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations.

  • Supporting children
  • Supporting parents/carers and families
  • Supporting Staff
  • Grief and Loss programs –“Seasons for Growth" (for both children and adults)
  • Stress and depression programs –“I Grow in Grandpa's Garden" and “4 Zones of Regulation" programs
  • Co-ordinates the Religious Education program – run by combined Redlands Churches co-operative agreement.
  • Supa Club – Scripture Union Primary Age Club for grades 4-6. This is a voluntary lunch time club, with activities including games, craft, music and Bible teaching.
  • Friendship workshop electives
  • Anger management/support
  • Co-ordinating special occasion visits e.g. Christmas and Easter presentations etc.
  • Care Group – co-ordinating a team of parent/carers who help provide support through meals, transport, grocery hampers, visitation etc.
  • Special morning teas for students in Year 6
  • Special morning teas for staff
  • Special morning teas for parents
  • Open Door – lunchtime activities and games in the chaplaincy room
  • Co-ordinates support with local churches and other community organisations
  • Building self-esteem and lessons on peer support and anti-bullying
  • Providing positive role-modelling
  • Connecting students and families to support agencies
  • Connecting students to camping programs and mentoring programs.

In 2021, we welcome Mr Joseph Riley as the interim Chaplain at Hilliard SS.

Chappy Joe works at the school every Wednesday and Friday. Students are referred to him by staff members and/or parents. Please feel free to drop in any time for a visit to the chaplaincy room.

Religious Instruction

Religious instruction (RI) is offered at Hilliard State School and is conducted fortnightly. The information you submit on your child's enrolment form is used to place them in either RI or in Other Instruction, unless you have provided additional written advice to the school. Please notify the school, in writing if you wish to change your preference specified in the enrolment form. Students who are not participating in RI will be provided with other instruction in a separate supervised location. Other instruction relates to part of a subject area already covered in class and may include, but is not restricted to, wider reading, personal research, revision / homework tasks. The faith group that currently provides Religious Instructors to deliver an authorised program is the Redlands Ministers Fraternal.  They deliver the Connect program. The Connect program offered by the Redlands Ministers Fraternal group involves a curriculum that is content structured, teaching the major events, concepts and doctrines of the Bible.

Supa Club

Supa Club is held every Friday at lunch time from 1.30pm – 1.50pm in the Chaplaincy Room.

Supa Club (Scripture Union Primary Age Club) is a voluntary activity for children in Years 4-6.

Children participating in Supa Club must have a signed permission form from their parents.

Supa Club operates at Hilliard State School with the approval of the Principal and Education Queensland. Apart from the fun and enjoyment of Bible stories, games, quizzes, craft, music etc., the Supa Club provides opportunities for students to investigate life's questions from a Christian point of view.

Supa Clubs operate in primary schools at lunch times or as after school clubs.  There are more than 100 Supa Clubs throughout Queensland. It is part of the world-wide work of Scripture Union – an interdenominational Christian movement.  Weekend and vacation camps are also held by S.U. Australia.

The Supa Club leaders are usually volunteers – either parents, or R.E. teachers, class teachers, who all hold current Children's Worker Suitability Blue Cards.

Please contact the leader, our chaplain Mr Joseph Riley, if you wish to find out more information about this program.

Last reviewed 07 October 2021
Last updated 07 October 2021