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Schoolgirl's plea to save Chappy

DON’T GO: North Bundaberg State School student Harmony Childs, 9, has written a heartfelt letter in support of her school chaplain.
DON’T GO: North Bundaberg State School student Harmony Childs, 9, has written a heartfelt letter in support of her school chaplain. Max Fleet BUNHAR

A NINE-YEAR-OLD Bundaberg schoolgirl has penned a heartfelt letter to save her "chappy".

While most grade four students are glued to their iPod while occasionally glancing up for Adventure Time, one has taken a strong stand for what she believes in.

A new High Court challenge means chaplains could soon be lost from Bundaberg schools and all schools across Australia. School Chaplaincy Wide Bay area manager Kerry Evans said it was not the first time chaplaincy jobs had been threatened.

"It was 2011 that we won the first High Court Challenge," Mr Evans said.

He said following that, the government had recognised the need for the service and put through legislation to keep chaplains in schools.

Do you support chaplains in schools?

This poll ended on 18 March 2014.

Yes, they're important for students - 81%

No, I don't agree with chaplains being in schools - 18%

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Mr Evans said that legislation was now being challenged and could see chaplains lost from schools.

But passionate North Bundaberg State School student Harmony Childs won't stand for it.

In an emotional letter titled "Why We Need Chappy Sel", Harmony explains how her school chaplain Selina 'Sel' Taggart helped her recover from a flooded family home, helped her feel better and make friends when she had none.

Harmony's mum Angela Childs said she was a very proud mum.

The young girl's final words are an emotional testament to her much loved "chappy".

"P.S, when our house got flooded, Chappy bought us toys and clothes. Chappy is the best," she writes.

Bundaberg North State School principal Veronica Geiger described school chaplains as "invaluable", not only to her students but also their parents.

"One of the main benefits of school chaplains is that they have time to listen to children, to show them that someone cares and lend them an empathetic ear," she said.

To register your support for school chaplains go to backourchappies.com.au.

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