Chapel is a weekly event at the school
Christian ministry is woven into the fabric of the school, but is most explicitly articulated in three spheres: Chapel, Christian Development classes and voluntary activities.
Chapel is held weekly and all students are expected to attend. Chapel services provide a communal expression of the school’s Christian basis and commitment, and go hand-in-hand with the Christian Development course. The Christian Development course, taught in the classroom, aims to engage students with the Christian faith as well as introduce them to other major world religions and ‘worldviews’. It is hoped this course will develop a vocabulary and understanding of the religious dimension which allows students to explore some of life’s big questions.
Chapel gives students an opportunity to learn the attitudes and practices of Christian people when they gather together. Students participate in the public reading of the Bible, leading in prayer and serving through music ministry (where appropriate). Students are expected to be respectful and thoughtful in Chapel but no one is required to assent to beliefs that they do not personally agree with.
‘Cru groups’ and Christian camps
In addition to weekly Chapel services, the Chaplaincy team coordinates a wide range of voluntary Christian ministries. There are a number of lunchtime groups for Bible study, prayer, fun and encouragement; these groups are affiliated with the CRU organisation and are generally structured around year and gender. These groups are led by the Chaplaincy team, Christian staff and Senior students.
The Chaplaincy team members are available to meet with students at any time for prayer, support, pastoral counselling and encouragement. Also, regular prayer meetings involving parents and the wider school community are advertised in the school newsletter.
Junior School Christian ministry
The Christian Development course aims to introduce students to the Christian faith. The Bible is the text that is studied through the K-6 Christian Development course giving students an understanding of the riches and wisdom of God’s revelation about himself. Younger students enjoy learning about God, and his son, Jesus Christ, from appropriate children’s Bibles, songs and activities. As students develop in their literacy skills, they transition to reading selected texts from the full Bible. Christian Development provides a solid foundation to understand the over-arching story of the Bible: that God so loved the world, he gave his only Son, so that whoever believes in him will not perish, but have eternal life (John 3:16). Students are encouraged to ask questions and engage in thoughtful, healthy and respectful discussion on matters of faith, life and Christian living.
Chapel and Christian Development lessons are weekly, compulsory activities of the school. In addition, the chaplaincy team also coordinates lunch time Cru groups (affiliated with the CRU organisation) for each stage group: K-2, Years 3/4 and Year 5/6. All students are welcome to attend and enjoy the games, craft, prayer and Bible time together. Cru groups are staffed by Chaplaincy staff and Alumni.
The Chaplaincy team are also available to meet with students at any time for prayer, pastoral support and encouragement, as they work closely with classroom teachers and the Wellbeing Co-ordinator. Parents are more than welcome to contact our Assistant Chaplain (Junior & Gawura Schools), Rev Emma Newling, or our Senior Chaplain, Rev Craig Tubman, if they would like to discuss any aspect of Christian ministry in the school.
Middle School and Senior College Christian ministry
The Middle School groups meet on Wednesdays at lunchtime.
The Senior College groups meet on Fridays at lunchtime .
The Chaplaincy team also runs an annual camp called Zedge camp for students across Years 7-12. It provides three days of fun and growing in the knowledge of the Christian faith. In addition, the Chaplaincy team is available to meet with students at any time for prayer, support, pastoral counselling and encouragement. Regular prayer meetings involving parents and the wider school community are advertised in school newsletters.