Community Partnerships ~ Chaplaincy

Here is our Chips chaplain – Glenn. He has been part of the Brentwood Park team since July, 2012

WHAT IS CHIPS?

Chips (Christians helping in primary schools) was set up by Eric Wieckmann in 2000 to help primary school communities to help parents, staff and especially the children. Chips has won several awards, including the 2010 Casey Volunteer Organisation of the Year Award. Chips has chaplains in other primary school in the Casey/Cardinia area.

WHAT DO CHIP CHAPLAINS DO?

Chips think that children are the best people in the world. Chaplains, such as Glenn will spend time with children doing activities that they think are fun, such as playing with animals, arts, craft, sport, woodwork, crazy tricks and games-just to name  a few! Chips chaplains are not into ‘fixing children’, but they have the resources and training to support children. Chios is able to offer ‘Life Gets Better Camps’ for children who have experienced trauma, grief or loss.

WHY DO THEY DO IT?

Chips chaplains are in schools just to care for and show the children just how special they are because they are worth it! This can result in children feeling safe and happy at school, feel good about themselves and can also help in building resilience to cope with adverse situations.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS SEEING A CHAPLAIN?

You will be asked to give permission for your child to spend some time with Glenn, the chaplain.  A permission form will be sent home for you to sign. Once permission has been given, the chaplain will take your child out of class, either on a one-to-one basis or in a group with other students.