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    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Minister announces million dollar boost to chaplains

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment
    The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

    Thursday, September 06, 2012

    Minister announces million dollar boost to chaplains

    Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek today announced an additional $1 million to boost the Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care Funding Program.

    Mr Langbroek said the extra funding would be spread over the next four years and delivered on one of the Newman Government’s key election commitments.

    “This additional funding will provide 128 state schools with larger grants this financial year and will see a further 22 state schools receive grants from October 2012,” Mr Langbroek said.

    “School chaplains and pastoral care workers have helped countless students since they started working in Queensland state schools in 1990.

    “By providing a range of support options, chaplains and pastoral care workers complement existing school support staff such as guidance officers, school-based youth health nurses and youth support coordinators.

    “The Newman Government is committed to ensuring that Queensland students have a quality education experience and by providing additional assistance to students facing challenges we are delivering on that commitment.”

    Mr Langbroek said eligible schools would need to complete an expression of interest outlining community support and the type of services required to best meet the needs of students.

    “The partnership between schools, chaplains and pastoral care workers and their local communities has provided a wealth of benefits for more than 20 years,” he said.

    “We know that all young people need stability and access to a range of support services, and that students who have help during stressful times are more likely to achieve better results at school.

    “I’m committed to ensuring these valuable relationships continue into the future so the next generation of students can share in their benefits as well.”

    The Minister made the funding announcement while visiting Glenala State High School, which recently recorded significant improvements in academic results and student attendance.

    “The school has seen the benefit of a strong leadership team, an explicit focus on learning and an emphasis on pastoral care,” he said.

    “Under the new funding boost Glenala will receive $11,000 each year for four years from the State Government towards its chaplaincy program which also receives funds from the school’s P&C and the Federal Government.”

    [ENDS] 06 September, 2012

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