DOING IT FOR THE KIDS: Kingaroy community gets behind school chaplains Liz Lowther and Jordan Bennett.
DOING IT FOR THE KIDS: Kingaroy community gets behind school chaplains Liz Lowther and Jordan Bennett. Jessica McGrath

'15 kids a day without lunch': The life of a school chaplain

"DON'T get sent to the principal's office.”

That's the advice South Burnett school chaplain Jordan Bennett received when he was going through his training.

School chaplains are known for being an adult who is there for the students.

They can often be found kicking a football with a lonely child or playing games with a group of kids.

And if an unruly group of students gets into trouble, you can be sure the resident school chaplain is not far away.

"Chaplains have a reputation for being a bit cheeky,” Mr Bennett said.

But the Taabinga and Cherbourg state schools chaplain says it is all to make the kids feel safe.

"We are outside of the education system.”

"We have nothing to do with the behaviour management side of things.

"We are a safe space for the kids to come.”

The popular chaplain said no two days were the same.

"I make 300 meals a week as part of Breakfast Club.”

"Probably the other big thing is bullying and social interaction.

"There is always some drama or some blue because of a misunderstanding.”

Mr Bennett, who is also president of the Kingaroy Junior Soccer Club, was surprised at how many hungry students come to him at lunchtime.

"I get 10 to 15 students a day coming to me without a lunch.”

"I just feed them, it's not my business to ask why.”

The Taabinga State School is hosting a Rainbow Run on May 10 at 4pm.

All money raised will go towards further developing the chaplaincy service at Taabinga State School.

To donate to the fundraiser contact the Taabinga State School on 4164 9111.