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​Chaplain Mel with students

Our VISION is to see each child and young person connected and supported in our community. In all that we do, we seek to uphold our core value of respect; that children and young people matter; and that we work together to positively influence children's lives.

The Samford State School Chaplaincy team believes in providing support for community well-being based on the foundations of humanity


The Chaplain’s role at Samford is primarily to be there for students, parents and staff. Our chaplain is Chaplain Mel.


Chaplain Mel conducts programs to help develop social skills, conflict resolution and friendship. Her role here is to promote a sense of belonging and community for all staff, students and parents. This sometimes includes working in classrooms as additional support for teachers (such as taking reading or maths groups or mentoring.)


Pastoral Care


Chaplain Mel provides a caring presence, listening ear and relevant support to students going through tough times- divorce, family separation, loneliness, loss and grief. She does this by being a link between students and outside community help and/or our Guidance officer. Students can be referred to Mel by staff and/or parents if they feel the student needs some extra emotional support at any time.


Spiritual and Ethical Support 

Chaplain Mel's role includes providing information and support for students who may have questions around spirituality or ethics. She is able to link families with community churches and/or youth groups. While SU Qld chaplains are from a Christian faith background, they respect those who hold other beliefs and worldviews. Chaplain Mel respects everyone's individual right to explore and pursue their own beliefs.