What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. (Micah 6:8)
As a Church of England Academy, our Christian ethos and core values are expressed in all that we do. Chaplaincy supports all members of the community: students, staff, governors, parents and carers. It is integral to school life and the Lay Chaplain facilitates worship, offers pastoral care and works with students and staff to help them to discover who they are called to be. Our Lay Chaplain also leads the way in encouraging us all to live well together and value each other's uniqueness, all being made in the image of God.
Worship is a priority at our school. Each day, there are carefully planned acts of collective worship led by students, staff and visitors from a range of local churches. Form worship also takes place daily and communion is a special moment for each year group.
The Chapel of St Matthew is literally and metaphorically at the heart of our school. It is a welcoming and safe space for students and staff alike to spend time reflecting, praying, socialising or just "being". Just as Jesus welcomed all, all are welcome in the Chapel.
Our Chapel is always vibrant and busy! From Still Waters' reflection time every morning at 8am right through to the end of the day, there will be plenty going on. Tea and Toast, groups for Sixth Formers right down to Year 7, worshipping God through art, music and silent reflection, and opportunities to explore more about the Christian faith. Many of these groups are led by our own students. We have an active Praying Parents group and the Chaplain is always happy to meet with students, parents and staff to talk, listen or pray with them.
I am here to disciple those who have a Christian faith, to nurture and value those of other or no faith and provide opportunities for everyone to explore life’s big questions and what that means for them. Or as someone else has said, to grow those of a Christian faith, to nurture those of other faiths and to challenge those of none.
Mrs Victoria Hutchinson, Lay Chaplain