June 2018 Update
Pupil Chaplains attended St Mary's, Bamber Bridge for the Beacon of Hope Day with the Right Rev John Arnold, Bishop of Salford. It was a day of celebration for the GIFT chaplaincy teams. Following on from this the children led an assembly to introduce the school to Hope in the Future. Pupil Chaplains regularly support our faith through assemblies (involving readings, role play, collective worship) and lunchtime prayer groups.
During Lent the Pupil Chaplaincy Team planned and delivered lunch time prayer clubs for the Phase 2 children.
During Holy Week they visited the local nursing home and delivered Easter cards they had made. Before leaving the children read a piece of scripture (Mark Chapter 9 verses 2-10). The children chose a word or phrase from the reading to take with them and thought about how it related to the visit. This activity is known as 'Walking with the Word.'
The Pupil Chaplains also enjoyed taking part in Easter meditation sessions.
Please see below a report (and photo) by the children on a very special day this week. This event is the only time the school is commissioned to have Pupil Chaplains so this was extra special for our children.
'On the 29th November, the Pupil Chaplains were invited to Salford Diocese to be trained for this important role. While we were there we talked about what chaplaincy means and where the meaning of chaplaincy comes from. Sister Judith was very inspiring. The last thing we did was to go to the Commissioning Service, where Canon McBride handed us a certificate and gave us a special blessing. We had a wonderful day'.
The children who have been chosen to be part of the Chaplaincy Team are now understanding how important their role is in witnessing the faith and have regular meetings working with Mrs Callaghan. Activities have been planned for during Advent. The team will be formally commissioned by Bishop John during a special mass on November 29th 2016.
We are launching Pupil Chaplains this year.
Father Allen has been in to school to speak to the Year Five children about the Pupil Chaplaincy.
Mrs Sinclair and Mr Watson gave the children further information about what a the role of a Pupil Chaplain involves and asked pupils to consider if this role is for them.
All year five pupils have written a letter, explaining why they feel they should be selected for this very important role. Those pupils who feel that they would seriously like to be considered for the role of Pupil Chaplain, have submitted their letters to Mrs Sinclair.
Mrs Sinclair and Mr Watson are now in the process of considering each letter carefully, and we will inform those pupils who need to go on to the next stage of Presentation.