We are the School’s Chaplaincy Team for this year!
Our roles are the following:
- To help the school to be a community of faith.
- To encourage the pupils to live their faith in daily living.
- To develop good relationships within and beyond the school community.
- To support Liturgy, prayer and the spiritual life of the school.
- To continue to develop strong links with the Parish.
- To support the school in its Mission Statement.
We have lots of ideas of how we can fulfil our roles. Here are some of them:
- Help to prepare weekly Gospel Preparation assemblies.
- ‘Saints Day’ celebrations.
- Organise various charity fund-raising events.
- Organise and run prayer groups for the different parts of the liturgical year.
- Nominate a 'Disciple of the week'.
- Suggest ideas for RE resources.
- Help to lead assemblies.
- Work with other Chaplaincy Teams.
- Promote bible stories.
- Maintain our Prayer Garden.
Here are our achievements this year:
- We created packs of Advent resources for each class which included prayers, meditations, poems and images. Teachers and children were able to use these during their worships and prayers.
- We set up a Lent fundraising competition as part of our Good Shepherd Appeal - this was a photography competition entitled 'Lent through a Lens'.
- We created Easter cards for the residents of a local residency home, Knowl Manor.
- We enjoyed receiving Easter cards from the Knowl Manor residents.
- We created packs of Lent resources for each class which included prayers, meditations, poems and images. Teachers and children were able to use these during their worships and prayers.
- We looked at all the 'Lent through a Lens' photography entries and each voted for the photograph we felt best showed what Lent is about. The top three winners received an Easter Egg prize. We thanked all the entrants for their photographs.
Here are the 'Lent through a Lens' competition entries - they were all great and it was so difficult to pick a winner!
This year, the Chaplaincy team have achieved many great things which are outlined below:
- Children from years 4-6 applied for a place on the Chaplaincy team, writing a personal statement to explain why they would be an asset to the team
- The Chaplaincy team was selected
- We held our first meeting and went over our aims, roles and expectations
- We set up rotas for who was going to set up the whole school, Key Stage one and Key Stage two worships each week and who would check the prayer tables weekly
- We shared ideas for ‘The year of the word’ entrance display
- We created ‘The year of the word’ entrance display based on our different suggestions and ideas
- At our monthly meeting, we discussed Advent prayer groups and how we would organise these
- We set up the ‘Disciple of the week’ award and organised this weekly
- We promoted the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox appeal and took the donated shoeboxes to a designated drop off point
- During our monthly meeting, we planned a whole school worship that we delivered on Monday 9th December
- We organised and carried out bi-weekly Advent prayer groups that a range of children and adults attended
- We re-organised the rotas for who was going to set up the whole school, Key Stage One and Two worships each week and who would check the prayer tables weekly
- We added ‘The Virtue of the month’ to our entrance display
- At our monthly meeting, we discussed Lent prayer groups and how we would organise these
- We contributed to the planning and leading of the Ash Wednesday service, along with the Mini Vinnies
- We organised and carried out bi-weekly Lent prayer groups that a range of children and adults attended
- We planned and prepared our own Lent fundraising activity - ‘Cross challenge’
Throughout the year, the Chaplaincy team have not own set up for the whole school, Key Stage One and Two worships, but have also prepared resources and PowerPoints for some of these worships. Additionally, a member has chosen and read a prayer during the weekly Praise Assembly. Each week, members checked that all RE tables were tidy, had the correct cloths and displayed all the necessary resources. Each week, they presented the ‘Disciple of the week’ award to a member of staff that had been nominated. They also changed the ‘Quote of the week’ on their display, depending on that week’s Bible reading or national or global events.
The team had also expressed an interest in using the Prayer garden more with younger children during break and lunchtimes in the warmer months and wanted to also lead prayer groups in May for the month of Mary.
They have been outstanding role models for other children in school; many staff and governors have commented on their hard work, dedication and enthusiasm for their role. Well done, you have been brilliant!