Hayden Greathead: New Chaplaincy Services at Maleny High School

Chappy, Hayden Greathead, with students Lili Henderson, Rosie Skull and Mikki Doonan during the Action Against Bullying Day when Maleny High School was raising awareness and funds with a uniform-free day

Chappy, Hayden Greathead, with students Lili Henderson, Rosie Skull and Mikki Doonan during the Action Against Bullying Day when Maleny High School was raising awareness and funds with a uniform-free day

A fundraising dinner will be held later this month, for the new chaplain at the Maleny High School, Hayden Greathead. Hayden’s work falls under the broad umbrella of ‘Student Services’ and he shares this responsibility with other support services at the school. He is eager to touch base with the community to make sure that they understand the varied nature of his role.

“I count it an absolute privilege to serve our young people, families, teachers and the widespread community of Maleny High School,” Hayden said.

“I definitely could not do the job without the overwhelming support of the chaplaincy committee and school and extended community. Chaplaincy at Maleny High School has an ‘all things are possible’ vision, and a strong commitment to a service reaching onwards and outwards.”

Maleny student Mikki said, “Chaplaincy is a fantastic way to be involved with both the school and the wider community. Also lots of fun!”, a sentiment echoed by many other students.

Paul Tarbuck, chairperson of the Chaplaincy Services committee added his thoughts. “In a past life, I was Principal of Maleny High school for 16 years before retiring. In that time, chaplains became more common in State High Schools and I was there when the first chaplain was appointed to Maleny High, back in 1995.

“I have worked with five chaplains and each of them brought a slightly different flavour and perspective to their work. I can honestly say that as time went by, it was obvious what a key role the chaplain has.

“There were many occasions when I could not have done without them and this became more frequent as the needs of students and their families have become far-reaching and sometimes very challenging.”

The school chaplain is there to listen and provide necessary support both in the good times and the bad, without prejudice or preferential treatment. Nowadays, too, there is a mandatory requirement for them to have a Nationally Accredited Certificate 4 in Youth Work or Pastoral Care.

If readers would like to support the Maleny High School chaplaincy program through a donation, then direct deposits can be made to “Genconnex Inc” Bsb 124156  Account No. 22102790 and add your name as a reference.