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School Chaplain Riki Schroeder

Northview SS - School Chaplain

Our Chaplain role-models positive behaviour and builds mentoring relationships with students by being involved in many of our school events, classroom activities and year level excursions. She supports students and plays games and runs activities for students during lunchtime breaks. Our chaplain runs courses for students developing social and emotional resilience and preparation for high school. She provides social, emotional and spiritual support to students, teachers and parents.

Chaplaincy Services provide spiritual, ethical, and personal support to school communities. SU Qld Chaplains provide positive adult role models for students. Chaplains are present in schools at the invitation of the Principal, in consultation with the local community, and with the support of the P&C Association.

What does a School Chaplain do?

A School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school and provides a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. Chaplains run positive, fun activities for students and assist in fostering supportive, caring school communities.

Working with other members of the school’s support team, the Chaplain cares for students struggling with issues such as difficult relationships with other children or family members, poor self-esteem, family breakdown, depression, difficulty with building friendships, bullying problems and anger management.

The partnership between the school and the Chaplaincy Service, supported by local churches, businesses and community organisations, provides a network of local support and assistance. These positive relationships help young people to face difficult issues, and provide hope, connection, meaning, and purpose.

The Chaplaincy Service is available to everyone in the school community regardless of their religious beliefs.

The Chaplain is also available to provide confidential One-On-One Pastoral care to students. Such Service does require Parental consent.

The Northview State School Chaplain is Chaplain Riki Schroeder. Riki has a background in Education, Social Work and Nursing. She has a daughter, Annika who is 24. Annika is a Medical Practitioner working as a Junior House Office this year at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. During the years that Annika was growing up, Riki supported Annika and her husband. When Annika was small, Riki taught at the Mackay TAFE part-time in the Community Welfare Department and was also the Literacy Coordinator for a while. She was also a Marker for the QCS Writing Task for some years. The family had lots of involvement in extra-curricular activities such as Dancing, Speech and Drama, Music Theatre, Swimming, Rowing and Singing . Annika plays the piano and the viola and we enjoyed many years of involvement with the Mackay Eisteddfod and many other concerts and performances. Annika was also in the Holy Spirit College String Ensemble and Signing Choir for a couple of years. Riki part-time home schooled Annika from Grades 1 to 6.

Chappy Riki is also a Registered Teacher. Up until recently she was the Secretary of Mackay Churches Together. She is a member of the St Joseph’s Catholic Church in North Mackay and is involved in various Ministry activities such as leading Children’s Liturgy, Singing in the Choir, and doing Pastoral Visits. Recently Riki was given the role of Hospital Chaplain for the Mackay Community Lutheran Church as well. Other visits to the elderly in Nursing Homes and private homes are also involved. Riki is interested in building positive community and enjoys writing, socializing and cooking.

What will Chaplaincy look like at Northview State School in 2016?

During 2016 I will assist with programs being run at Northview State School. I will run small groups and programmes that help students to develop social and emotional resilience and invaluable life skills. With parental consent and authorisation by the Social Justice Committee, I will also work with individual students with various social and emotional needs.

A Breakfast Club operates every Tuesday morning from 8 am to 8.30 am during Term time. If you would like to help with donations or assist in the Tuckshop making Breakfast Club ‘happen’ please let me know. Lunchtime Activities are continuing in the hall at second break on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Will my child be involved?

Involvement with the Chaplain is entirely voluntary and students choose whether or not they want to be a part of the activities that are offered. Parents will be consulted if their child wishes to be involved in ongoing one-to-one meetings with the Chaplain or in any programme or group involving spiritual or ethical content. Parents have the right to refuse permission for their child to be involved in any Chaplaincy activity or event.

How can I contact the Chaplain?

Students may request to see Chaplain Riki on an individual basis for support in personal matters with parental consent. She is also able to provide individual support to Staff and Parents. She works on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Please contact Chappy Riki via the school office on: 49 656 888.

Chappy Riki Schroeder.

SU School Chaplain. Northview State School.