“Students experience a sense of family and community, and a culture of service is a bedrock expectation of all members of the community.”
Section 48 Inspection Team 2017
Chaplaincy at Sacred Heart is central to the life of the school and is provided in a variety of ways. It plays a vital role in the school’s faith and pastoral mission, and students and staff are offered numerous opportunities to develop and flourish spiritually.
The spiritual life of the school is recognised by having whole school masses to celebrate the beginning and conclusion of the academic year. In addition to this, key times in the Liturgical calendar are celebrated with whole school masses or liturgies, giving students the chance to gather and celebrate as an entire school community. Students also prepare and organise class Masses through RE lessons. These are only possible because of the support of our local priests.
As well as the support of our local priests Sacred Heart is privileged to have a group of lay chaplains who give up their time to come into school and offer a listening support service to those students in need. The lay chaplains also provide support to the local priests during parish meetings, where students are offered the opportunity to make links with their local parish. At the half termly parish meetings, the parish priests or representatives visit school and meet with students from their particular parish in order to support the spiritual growth and relationships within the smaller parish communities.
Students are encouraged to take an active role in the life of chaplaincy within Sacred Heart by becoming a Student Chaplain. The Student chaplains meet on a weekly basis to discuss ways in which the spiritual life of the school can be developed.
Spiritual growth and maturity is encouraged: all students are given the opportunity to take part in other extra-curricular activities such as joining the CAFOD, Fairtrade and St Vincent de Paul groups. Students also spend a day away from school on annual retreat, where they focus with their year group on a particular theme that is relevant to their own spiritual development.