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My name is Sue Rienecker and I am excited to be commencing as Chaplain this week and continuing the amazing work of previous chaplains, Mrs Jocelyn Hayes and Mr Andrew Pickard.  It is a great privilege to join The Gap State School community and to work in support of students, families and staff.

As was indicated in the newsletter last term, I have experience gained through work in a number of different schools, in a variety of roles.

Outside of school hours, I love to spend time with family and friends, go bushwalking, get involved in local community and drink great coffee!

Please feel free to say 'hi' as you see me out and about in the school grounds on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and alternate Thursdays.

A state school Chaplaincy service complements, rather than duplicates the work of other school-based support staff.  These services provide students, staff and parents with social, emotional and spiritual support; provide an additional adult role model in the school and enhance engagement with the broader community including parents.  Chaplains provide a listening ear, caring presence and message of hope as students seek to deal with a wide range of issues such as family problems, friendship issues, peer pressure, self-esteem issues and self-control. 

Chaplaincy activities include:

• Participation in school camps, excursions, sports days, lunchtime activities, graduation and other important celebrations, assemblies, school committees, staff activities.

• Facilitates and promotes Social and Emotional Learning through the whole school program You Can Do It! Education.

• Provides information for parents through the Gazette and information sessions on Social and Emotional Learning.

• Participates in School Leadership Programs and Student Council Activities.

• Networks with local support agencies and organisations to provide a broad range of support services to the school community.

I take part in many of the general activities that occur in the life of the school as support to staff and students.

My office is located in the MPB.  
If you have any enquiries about the Chaplaincy service, please don’t hesitate to see me or contact the school.