State School is proud to have a Chaplaincy program that has been serving our
school community for almost 5 years. It is a government run program that provides
3 key areas of support for students, families and staff:
is headed by our Chaplain, Doug Milton, or Chappy Doug, as he is lovingly known. He is employed 4 days a week (Tuesday to
Friday) and his office is located in the heart of the school at the TLC
(Targeted Learning Centre.) Chappy Doug
can be contacted by telephoning the main office.
One of our
school priorities is to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of students
by developing, nurturing and extending community relationships. Sometimes
students can find themselves struggling with things like confusing
relationships, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, family breakdown, depression,
bullying and abuse. Our Chaplain is on
hand to support students facing such issues and he collaborates with the
Student Support Welfare Team, including the Guidance Officer, to deliver
assistance where needed.
There is a
great partnership between the school Chaplaincy Committee and its local
supporters such as local churches, businesses and community organisations. Our Chaplaincy program assists and supports families
in need at times of crisis.
As usual, we
boast an amazing number of people who volunteer their time every year to help
out in fundraising and chaplaincy events at the school.
Getting to know our
The last word from our
“To those of
you who have not met me, I understand that you probably visualise me as being
an old, serious man. That’s not me –
check out the photo of me on this page.
As School Chaplain, I provide a listening ear and caring presence for
students and families doing it tough.
Throughout the year, I work alongside many students facing an array of hard
situations, things like family breakdowns and friendship issues. My role, and
one I am most proud to do, is to support our students. As a school community, we care about them
and want to support them through not only their education, but their social,
emotional and spiritual wellbeing. I also run positive and fun activities for
children within the school and I foster a supportive and caring school
Kids Hope Program
KIDS HOPE AUS mentors are the heart and soul of this life changing program. All of our mentors are volunteers from Elanora Uniting Church with a generous willingness to invest one hour of their week into the life of a child at our school who needs some extra support from a caring, mature adult.
Caring relationships with mentors have a significant impact on children because they help to meet their emotional and social development needs and enhance their capacity to learn. Children who have been mentored by KIDS HOPE AUS have consistently shown increased self-esteem, confidence and resilience.
Elanora State School and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary-: A Local Partnership
sustainable development is a lifewide and lifelong endeavour which challenges
individuals, institutions and societies to view tomorrow as a day that belongs
to all of us, or it will not belong to anyone.” (United Nations Decade of
Education for Sustainable Development 2005–2014).
Actions for improving sustainability often involve collective
endeavours, and Elanora State School prides itself on its working relationship
with Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. We were the first school to sign up to their
“Green Guardian” program. This partnership has resulted in Elanora students
annually fundraising for the Sanctuary and its associated Wildlife Hospital. In
2017 funds raised will be directed towards the planting of eucalyptus trees to
support our endangered koala population in South East Queensland.
Education staff at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have actively supported our
annual Students’ Science Conference and Showcase for numerous years. The
conferences focus on a sustainability theme and students present their learning
to the school community in a Showcase Day. The 2017 theme is ‘Let’s Think Locally’, with students
taking part in workshops at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary focusing on koalas,
frogs and birds of the Gold Coast.
Elanora State School and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary staff are proactive in
the promotion of lifelong learning with our students. We actively strive to ignite our students’
passion for their environment and interest in sustainability issues that will
impact upon future generations.