Staff Chaplaincy Team
Teachers on the Upper Primary Site getting into character on World Book Day, which had as its book focus, the Bible. Can you spot Goliath, the Three Kings, some donkeys and one of two butterflies from Noah’s Ark!
In support of, and to complement, the work of the school’s Junior Chaplaincy Team, the adults meet at least twice a term, to pray together and plan. This ensures too that adequate resources are in place to ensure that the efforts of the pupil-led initiatives are fully supported.
Membership of the Staff Chaplaincy Team is open to everyone from any faith background. At every meeting, the head teacher is present and / or represented by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. Also, in attendance are the staff members who coordinate Catholic Life, the R.E. curriculum and Collective Worship.
Our staff team members bring a wealth of experience to the task, including:
- Extensive head teacher and senior leadership experience
- A student of the Diocesan Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies
- A holder of a degree in Theology and Religious Studies
- the Vice Chair of the Bedford Pastoral Area Parish Council
- An alumna of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales’ –Secretariat
- Many years of pastoral experience working in faith schools.
School Chaplaincy Coordinator
Whilst Chaplaincy provision is a whole-school responsibility, some specific tasks are fulfilled by our school Chaplaincy Coordinator. The latter works closely with the head teacher and members of the Senior Leadership Team. The Coordinator works to:
- Liaise with various stakeholders – leadership, staff, children and organisations to develop provision.
- Advise members of the school community about supporting the Catholic Life of the school, as requested.
- Oversee the chaplaincy calendar to ensure provision across the school year to cover the liturgical year.
Staff Faith Testimonies
“I feel called to part of a Catholic school, having been a practicing Catholic all my life; it is a huge part of me. It is, therefore, important for me to share what I can with others and to help the Catholic life of the school to develop.
“I try to keep my faith quite private but, in essence, it has taught me how to live. Without it, I wouldn't be the person I am.”
G, staff member
“My faith is my greatest treasure, which is one of the reasons that I love working in a Catholic school and serving on the Staff Chaplaincy Team. It’s a joy to work with others to explore how we can support and enliven the faith ethos of the school.”
C, staff member