The Chaplaincy team consists of our College Pastor Saskia Hill and our School Chaplains Fiona Griffiths and Joel Rutherford who work across all 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 that our students participate in 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.
Pastor Saskia Hill
The provision of Counselling is an important aspect of Pastoral Care within the College. When the need arises, students are supported through individual counselling sessions with a qualified Counsellor. Specific concerns are addressed within the confidential setting of the Counselling room and the relationship of trust which is developed.
A range of situations bring students to Counselling. These may include, but are not limited to: transitions, peer and friendship issues, social-emotional concerns, or grief and loss situations. Students may be referred to Counselling by parents or staff members. Older students may also self-refer. The Counselling process enables the concern to be shared in a safe and supportive setting. It also allows the concern to be viewed from another perspective, thus allowing reflection and change to take place.
We are now blessed to have two qualified Counsellors who work across the College. Mrs Loris Henry now works predominantly at the Middle and Secondary Campus. Mrs Pearl-Anne Claassen has recently joined the Counselling Team, working predominantly at the Primary Campus. This team approach ensures that our students are supported across the College throughout their educational journey.
Our Counsellors are committed to establishing positive relationships with students, families and staff. As members of the Pastoral Team, they work alongside staff, Chaplains and College Leadership.
Mrs Loris Henry, College Counsellor (Middle and Secondary)
Dip.T., B. Ed., Grad. Dip. Counselling Studies, CCAA (Clin), PACFA (Reg), AAOS (Reg), CCYP Registration No: 205924/2, Certificate in Supervision (Centre for Supervision Training UK), ARCAP Reg.
Mrs Pearl-Anne Claassen, College Counsellor (Primary)
Grad.Dip.Ed.(Pre-Prep/Primary) M.Couns. PACFA(Prov):25425
At Brisbane Christian College we have six houses, each house has its own unique history and a dedicated head of Pastoral Care.
Mr Pasa Alyuz
Head of House – 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
Mrs Christine Thomas
Head of House – 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.
Mr Ian Lloyd
Head of House – 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.
Mr Matthias Allen-Ankins
Head of House – 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.
Mr Rowan Evans
Head of House – Pascal
I am honoured to serve as Head of Pascal House at Brisbane Christian College. I believe placing Christ at the heart of everything we do will help us succeed in every aspect of life, and the Pascal team make every effort to model this to the students in their care. Serving God in all that we do and trusting in his undying love for us is of utmost importance. Knowing that God has blessed each individual with skills and talents, and building on these God-given strengths in service to Him to ultimately lead to a strong and spiritual community.
I strive to ensure an optimistic and supportive approach to the students in my care, valuing and celebrating individual differences, and empowering students to reach their Christ-given potential. Presenting students with opportunities to think about others and providing them with an environment that encourages spiritual growth, helps them realise that they are part of something much bigger. Pascal is an all-star team where every student is encouraged to apply the Pascal spirit, ‘Have a go…for Him!’
Blaise Pascal said, ‘There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man which cannot be satisfied by any created thing but only by God the Creator, made known through Jesus Christ’.
Mr Gordon Hooker
Head of House – 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.