HAPPY CHAPPY: Jordan Bennett is the school chaplain at Cherbourg and Taabinga State Schools. Picture: Contributed
HAPPY CHAPPY: Jordan Bennett is the school chaplain at Cherbourg and Taabinga State Schools. Picture: Contributed

Q&A: School chaplain’s rock star dreams

THERE are so many truly remarkable people in the South Burnett.

Each and every one of us has a lifetime of achievements, thoughts, beliefs and lessons learned.

The Q&A feature is an opportunity to showcase some of the exceptional people in our proud region.

This week, we hear from Taabinga and Cherbourg State School chaplain Jordan Bennett.

1. What is something you really resent paying for?

It would have to be car registration. I understand roads need maintenance but the cost of rego is just ridiculous these days.

2. What is the best advice you ever received?

Don’t take yourself too seriously. My dad taught me that early on.

3. What do you do to relax?

I like to listen to or play music. A little rock goes a long way. I play guitar, bass and drums. I started teaching myself to play around 13 years old and I play guitar almost daily if I can. I’m not very good, but I have fun.

4. What is one thing you would struggle to quit?

Ice cream and custard. It is my Achilles heel.

I would also struggle to give up my phone. It’s my office as well as my entertainment. It’s always in my pocket. My favourite apps are Facebook, Simcity and Pinterest. As well as the boring ones, Outlook and Gmail.

5. What do you wish you knew when you were younger?

To look after your body a bit better and not take as many stupid risks. Injuries stay with you for life.

6. What is the worst injury you’ve had and how did it happen?

I have two herniated discs in my lower back and torn sacroiliac joints from years of poor lifting techniques and finished off by playing gridiron. I had to wear a brace belt for six months to keep my hips and spine aligned.

7. What would your friends say is your worst habit?

I tell stories. A lot of stories. I have so many favourites. I love telling the stories of my youth and my hilarious mistakes that have made me who I am today.

8. What is the nicest thing someone has ever done for you?

Listened to me. A lot of people have helped me through a lot of trouble over the years, but when I am heard and supported, that means the world to me.

9. If you could write a new law, what would it be?

That supermarkets and restaurants have to give their excess food to charities to help those in need. There are way too many people in the South Burnett who are only barely getting by. Every week the Pantry distributes between 100-150 hampers.

10. What do you do when you have 30 minutes free?

Depends on the setting. Play with my family, read my Bible, watch some TV.

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