Students at Moranbah State School will continue to benefit from the school’s much-loved Chaplaincy Program, thanks to a $5,000 Stanmore Coal Isaac Plains Community Grant delivered earlier this year.
The Chaplaincy Program provides social, emotional and educational support to all students, including a breakfast program, domestic violence awareness and ‘Drumbeat’ — a therapeutic drumming program that uses music, psychology and neurobiology to assist with social development, emotional control and self-esteem.
While the two-day per week Chaplaincy Program receives some government funding, extra support is required through community fundraising to ensure the same level of service.
Moranbah State School Chaplain, ‘Chappy’ Desley Kerr, said the program has had a remarkable effect on students.
“Drumbeat, in particular, has helped students engage in learning and relate better with others, especially those with poor social skills or communication difficulties,” she said.
“There is also a positive ripple effect across the entire school, with fewer distractions and improved relations in classes, leaving more time for staff to focus on positive development rather than managing disruptive behaviour.
“Without the support of Stanmore Coal and the broader community, the program would likely reduce to one day per week, so we are incredibly grateful for their contributions.”