The School Chaplain is a faith presence in the school community who is available to students, parents and staff members alike. The Chaplain works closely with school management, year heads, form teachers and classroom teachers to promote a harmonious school environment for the well-being of all its members.
The Chaplain endeavours to accompany young people on their journey through life, and encourages them to let their light shine brightly.
The role of the School Chaplain is wide and varied, and can involve teaching Religious Education, meeting students on an individual basis, organising liturgies and prayers, and participating in activities which relate to the well-being and development of the school community. This role enables the development of relationships of trust with students, staff and parents. The Chaplain responds to the spiritual and religious needs of the students and the whole school community, while respecting the religious and personal convictions of all.
One of a School Chaplain’s key duties is to provide pastoral care. All of us need some kind of non-judgmental, understanding support: someone to listen actively and offer comfort, someone to provide assurance and encouragement that help is available. This role can involve counselling students suffering from emotional trauma, offering advice to pupils facing difficult decisions, leading groups that deal with issues such as bereavement or co-ordinating peer mentoring services.
Students can use the open-door policy of the Chaplain to drop in or make an appointment for a more suitable time. In addition to dropping into the Chaplain’s room themselves, a student visit may arise when they are referred by the Care Team.
The School Chaplain is a safe person for young people to connect with at school, providing a listening ear, caring presence, and message of hope. This means that the Chaplain is always available to each student and is willing to sit and listen to what is going on for them at that point in their lives.
The Chaplain cares for the young people’s spiritual needs also. While many young people have difficulty with organised religion, they recognise their need for God. They have spirituality. Prayers, Hopes and Dreams are expressed in our prayer room. Mindfulness is practiced.
The Chaplain offers a comforting presence in times of distress, for students, their families, and staff. Whether you have religious questions, personal concerns, or a need to reflect or pray, the Chaplain is there for you. The Chaplain is here to listen in a non- judgemental way and to offer support to you and your families.
Ms E Tierney