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Chaplaincy services in schools 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, and depression.

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. 

Who is the Coorparoo Secondary College chaplain?

Hi, my name is Tamar Mulholland and I love being the Chaplain here at Coorparoo Secondary.  This is my fourth year as Chaplain here at the school.  I am married with three children and I have a Diploma in Youth Work.  I enjoy working with the staff and students and offering support wherever I can.  

I love meeting different people and listening to their stories, helping where I can and encouraging them in their everyday lives and goals.

What does chaplaincy look like at Coorparoo Secondary College?

I will assist with sporting and cultural programs, attend school camps, and assist in classrooms, run programmes that help students develop social and life skills. I will also run Breakfast Club five mornings every fortnight. Students may request to see me on an individual basis for support in personal matters.

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?

My days at Coorparoo secondary are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays, 8.00 am to 3.00 pm.

I can be contacted via the school office or by email on