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​Melinda Gurling - School Chaplain

Hello, I’m Chappy Mel.

I am the school chaplain for Woodridge State School. I'm employed by Scripture Union Queensland and have been placed in the school to give care and support to the entire school community.

I have a desire to see children reach their full potential and to give them hope for a brighter future. I am committed to helping create a strong and safe community for young children, youth and families.

The chaplaincy service at Woodridge State School is provided for all students, staff and their families regardless of race, religion or values. All matters raised are dealt with in the strictest confidence and without judgement. Part of my role is to link with other professionals in the area to provide the best care possible for those in need of a little assistance.

Chaplaincy works on a voluntary basis, no-one is made to speak to me. Parents, teachers and students can refer to me through the office, but ultimately it is the individual’s choice to utilise this service provided.

I work with the guidance officers, youth workers and other school staff to provide pastoral care, spiritual, social and emotional support and personal development to our students. I am here to help and care for the students and school community by being the listener, the supporter and the encourager.

You can contact me on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday by contacting the school or via my e-mail at

Here are some things I do at school:

  • Extend friendship and pastoral care to students and their families
  • Listen and support when life becomes unsettled
  • Participate in school events
  • Assist children with transitions in life
  • Support with spiritual inquiries
  • Help run programs to support the wellbeing of children at the school


Some reasons you would see me would be if:

  • You just need someone to talk to
  • Your family or friends have experienced a tragedy
  • You're struggling with school or study
  • Something has happened that has upset or shaken you and you need some advice
  • You need help and want pointing in the right direction
  • Parents need advice about parenting or family matters
  • You're concerned about someone around you with regards to health and well-being
  • You need a friend who will not judge or criticise


“Chappy Mail” is a box situated outside the chaplain’s office and is available for anyone who wants to leave a letter, note or return any forms to the chaplain. Please be sure to leave your details so you can be contacted.

Complaints, concerns, praise, thanksgivings or general feedback regarding the chaplaincy service at Woodridge State School can be made at