Reverend Brian Bruce and Niomi Harry from the Church of Christ in Tweed Heads with Terranora Public School students Oscar Harrison, 12, and Brooke Quarmby, 12.
Reverend Brian Bruce and Niomi Harry from the Church of Christ in Tweed Heads with Terranora Public School students Oscar Harrison, 12, and Brooke Quarmby, 12. Patrick Williams

Terranora school keeps chaplains

TERRANORA Public School has benefited from an increase to the Federal Government’s National School Chaplaincy Program.

The school received $60,000 thanks to additional funding of $42 million announced for the nationwide program this week by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

Terranora was one of 10 Tweed schools to receive part of the funding to help sustain their chaplains until December 2011.

The extra funding will ensure Terranora school chaplains, Brian Bruce and Niomi Harry, from the Church of Christ in Tweed Heads, continue their work with students, parents and teachers.

“It’s good to be there for the children, as another adult they can speak to about things they wouldn’t want to bring up with a parent or teacher,” Ms Harry said.

“I’m very glad the program has been extended.”

The chaplains also runs programs relating to sport, music and grief-and-loss counselling.

Principal James Hackett yesterday said the chaplains program had proven to be extremely popular at the school.

“The queue is longer for the chaplains than it is for the school counsellor,” Mr Hackett said.

“They are very accessible for students.”

Mr Hackett welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of the additional funding.

“I’m very happy to see the program extended. This is our second year with the chaplains so far,” Mr Hackett said.

“I hope it never has to end. It has been brilliant for our school.”



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