Student services and support programs


Social, Emotional and Values Education


Elanora State School believes that developing the whole child is paramount and we aim to build a positive culture that places wellbeing and values at the core of education.  Social, Emotional and Values Education play an important role in teaching the skills of wellbeing, promoting positive health and character strengths that enable students to fulfil their purpose in life as everyday leaders. 

Elanora State School is committed to cultivating a culture of everyday leadership. Our Lead ​to Succeed program embodies the spirit and underlying philosophy of Stephen Covey’s Principles as well as Michael Bernard’s Habits of the Mind and Positive Psychology.  As a whole school we strive to be a positive community, based on respectful relationships, a sense of belonging and inclusion. To this end, our students are actively engaged in learning that promotes their development as confident, persistent, resilient, organised everyday leaders with the ability to maintain strong respectful relationships.

We recognise that parents and carers are the most important and influential people in children’s lives and as such, we promote parents/carers and teachers working together to support children.

Click here to download the Student Wellbeing Handbook
Click here to download the Lead to Succeed Program Overview


Respectful Relationships



Elanora State School promotes healthy relationships that are based on respect.  See 
our Respectful Relationships Vignette below:


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The Chaplaincy Program

Elanora 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:

  • Social
  • Emotional
  • Spiritual
This program is headed by our Chaplain, Doug Milton, or Chappy Doug, as he is lovingly known.  He is employed 5 days a week (Monday 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 Staff and the Student Wellbeing 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 chaplain: 
  • Chappy Doug was born and raised on the Gold Coast and lives at Tugun;  
  • He feels a strong connection to our community because he is a family man with 4 children – 3 of whom attend Elanora State School; 
  • Doug is a keen surfer and soccer player; 
  • He has worked in a local church over the last 20 years as a kids’ pastor and music pastor;
  • In his previous career Chappy Doug was a full-time musician, playing guitar, drums and singing; 
  • Anyone who knows Doug will definitely agree with his statement that he enjoys acting
The last word from our chaplain: 
I have been the Elanora School Chaplain since 2012. My role within the school consists of social, emotional and spiritual support for students, staff and families.  As the school Chaplain I offer opportunities and support for students by providing a listening ear, caring presence and message of hope.  I collaborate with our student welfare department and also our guidance officer.  I support students though such things as confusing relationships, peer pressure, self-esteem issues, family breakdowns,  depression, bullying and abuse. Spiritual support consists of supporting and encouraging students with whatever their passion may be.  Theses thing can be their faith, sport, music, science or secular interests that they are passionate about.  I also assist families within the school community who are dealing with everyday circumstances by connecting them with local community businesses and support networks.

Last reviewed 18 June 2020
Last updated 18 June 2020