Our Chaplaincy Team is a welcoming and vibrant team that is open to all students from all year groups. We have named it ‘Project 365’ as ‘Do not be afraid’ is mentioned 365 times in the Bible. We have based our team on the Scripture ‘Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you’ (Deuteronomy 31:6).
We want our team to lead our school in knowing that God loves us and is with us in everything we do. You do not have to be a Catholic to join, it is open to any person of any faith. All we require is that the student wants to help the school community and lead us, and all those who are in our wider communities, in faith.
The Chaplaincy Team meets in year groups but we all come together to plan for big events, such as the Christmas Liturgy. Within those groups, we have four main responsibilities: Prayer, Publicity, Fundraising and Spiritual Coordinators.
In the PRAYER group of the Chaplaincy Team, it is your role to make sure that all aspects of the prayer life of the school are well prepared and reflect the importance of our life of prayer. Acts of Worship are planned thoughtfully and set up, Mass is organised and ready, and that any opportunities outside of school (such as reading in our local parishes) are prepared well. This is also means taking an active part in prayer and having the confidence to lead prayer throughout the school.
In the PUBLICITY group of the Chaplaincy Team, it is your job to make us public around the school. This means that you need to make sure notice boards around the school are up to date, the Chapel is clean and tidy, Chaplaincy notices are announced in form time and that you are an example to all others around the school by behaving, smiling and most of all … being you!
In the FUNDRAISING group of the Chaplaincy Team, it is your job to help us raise money for our chosen Charities. You are responsible to come up with ideas of how we can raise funds, advertise them, set them up and raise some money for various charities. You need to be creative and also prepared to work hard in order to support the work of charities.
This group is only for the Sixth Form as part of their leadership program. They are proactive members of our Sixth Form that make the bridge between Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 more accessible and achievable through a caring and supporting network. They take on responsibility by leading groups within the Chaplaincy Team and showing them how our faith can help us succeed through school life. They are key members of our school community.
The Chaplaincy Team badge, left, was designed by one of the first members of the Chaplaincy Team in 2013. There is a cross at the center as a reminder to keep Christ at the center of what we do, the shield is for courage as we must be strong in our faith, and the circle is a reminder that all are welcome in our community.