Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy team consists of our College Pastor Dan Nott and our School Chaplains Fiona Griffiths and Samantha Davison, who work across both campuses to provide a safe point of contact for our young people to connect with at school.

They provide a listening ear, caring presence, and a message of hope. They care for all students and offer support spiritually and emotionally as needed. As the chaplaincy team, they work on the ground level available for students to talk to, often through casual conversations in the playground.

Along with a team of staff and students, the chaplaincy team offers programs and voluntary spiritual groups for students to participate; including prayer groups, guys and girls devotional groups and adapted programs such as the Shine and Strength programs. The Chaplaincy team is also responsible for our School Chapel services, where our students get to hear from a range of dynamic speakers every week.

At Brisbane Christian College we see the advantage of working as a team. The Chaplaincy team works very closely with the College Counsellor, College Management Team and teachers to assist.

Dan Nott
Fiona Griffiths
Samantha Davison

Heads of Pastoral Care

At Brisbane Christian College we have six houses, each house has its own unique history and a dedicated head of Pastoral Care.

Pasa Alyuz

Mr Pasa Alyuz

Head of House – Bernall

Head of Pastoral Care – Bernall

Bernall House has always been a community of people who look out and care for one another. Students in Bernall are encouraged to reach their potential and are allowed to strive to do so in a safe and caring environment with the support of their fellow peers. In Bernall we encourage participation in all of what the College has to offer both in and out of the classroom, and beyond the boundaries of our school. Through participation students are not only able to find themselves but create themselves to become all that God has planned for them.

I am excited to get to know each and every student’s dreams and aspirations to fulfill their God given purpose. To grow and become effective members of their community, taking with them the values and principles of our College into their adult lives and careers. Being Head of House for Bernall I have a passion and a desire that my House be known as a strong house, a sanctuary, where students are not afraid to try and try again until they succeed through the support of our great Family Group Teachers and mentoring system.

My goal is to have every one of my students connected to our greater College community starting from our home – Bernall House.

For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope. – Jer. 29:1

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Mrs Christine Thomas

Head of House – Carey

Head of Pastoral Care – Carey

Through our pastoral care system we have built a solid foundation for students to feel valued and connected. This has been strengthened by the introduction of three new houses, it is an honour to once again set about building the culture of a House Group at Brisbane Christian College.

There is a  strong body of research linking student success to school connectedness. The literature goes on to outline the key to students developing a feeling of connectedness is being ‘known’.

It is my privilege to work alongside the fantastic Carey Family Group teacher team in getting to know the children of Carey House. Journeying with them  and building support structures around them to help to maximise their ability to finish strongly in their senior year.

The Carey Family Staff and I, just like their parents, revel in our childrens’ success. Our Family Groups and Carey House are just like big extended families. The great thing about families is that even when you graduate and move out of home, you still belong. Students and families of Carey House will always be part of the family, we all look forward to continuing to celebrate the successes that we hear about, both current and alumni.

Ian Llyod

Mr Ian Lloyd

Head of House – Livingstone

Head of Pastoral Care – Livingstone

As a teacher and mentor at Brisbane Christian College, I am excited to be the Head of Livingstone House for 2016. The opportunity to be closely involved in the pastoral care and relationship-building of every student in my House is a responsibility I cherish. Journeying with students throughout their Middle and Secondary schooling gives me a unique opportunity to help students grow both spiritually and as future leaders in their community.

My goal is that we not only excel in the sporting arena and achieve academic excellence, but that together we can focus on nurturing the individuality and God-given talents of every student in our House.I have a great team of staff who are there to support and embrace God’s plan for every student. I am looking forward expectantly, ready to see the excitement and team morale continue to grow through collaboration, encouragement and pride in being who God has called us to be. I pray our House is established this year as a blessing and a benefit for the entire College and broader community.

Matt Allen-Ankins

Mr Matthias Allen-Ankins

Head of House – Newton

Head of Pastoral Care – Newton

What a great privilege to be in a House named after such a great man of God. Newton is no exception to any of the great men and woman from the Bible. He started off as possibly oneof the worst type of people one can encounter (slave trader) and became instrumental in changing history by renouncing his profession and see it abolished. It is easy to think that we are not important or good enough to make a difference in the world, but God has other plans for us. God can use each one of us to make a difference. My vision for Newton House is to empower every student to make a difference to the world we live in. Individually and together we can make a difference.

Meriet Mikhail

Dr Meriet Mikhail

Head of House – Pascal

Head of Pastoral Care – Pascal

Born in 1623, ‘Blaise Pascal’ after which Pascal House is named was not only a mathematical and scientific prodigy of his time, but also a man of devot faith who had a personal encounter with the living God. Pascal firmly believed that a Christian must employ his talents and reason to appeal to the Skeptic’s mind in that God’s desire that all men are to be saved eventuates.

As Head of Pascal House, I am not only honoured to aspire to all that the past generations have worked so tirelessly to yield, but I pledge my loyalty and efforts to all that Pascal can become in the future. Providing an environment that promotes a culture of inclusivity and support to all students, Pascal House through its staff and students, embodies the spirit of Blaise Pascal. Urging us all to not only persevere, but excel in glorifying God with whatever gifts and talents that He has bestowed to each of us. It is my privilege as Head of House to watch and journey alongside all Pascalian’s in their journey of faith. Defending a Pascal pride that stems in the firm belief that as children of God, we are all predestined to a future of joy, blessing and greatness in His Image.

Gordon Hooker

Mr Gordon Hooker

Head of House – Wesley

Head of Pastoral Care – Wesley

The students of Wesley House are known and cared for. The Family Group Teachers and Head of House have a burden for our students and want to help them become good, strong upstanding members of society.

As the Head of House for Wesley I am a strong believer in mentoring and encouraging our Senior students to live their lives as a witness to the rest of our students. I have a desire to build Wesley House into a lighthouse and a tree of refuge. Wesley House aims to pastor, teach, and prepare young people for God’s service.

In Wesley House we want to help students to value a positive culture and high standard of professionalism. Students will be encouraged to take ownership for their behaviour and the behaviour of their peers. Students will learn that their decisions and actions impact others and that there are consequences to all behaviour, appropriate and inappropriate. Students will learn that we all have a right to feel safe and a right to learn in our College. I want to continue building on the idea that the students are accountable to each other and their actions impact on the college community.

All Students in Wesley House are a valued part of the family.