Our Chaplaincy team at St Teresa's consists of both Year Five and Year Six pupils. We also have a lead pupil chaplain within the team. Mrs Dawson is the Chaplaincy lead in school and she co- ordinates many aspects of Chaplaincy in school. These include supporting staff in the delivery of Collective worship in school, leading staff meetings on aspects such as Welcome, Word, Welfare, Witness, Worship., leading assemblies with the support of the pupil chaplains, planning whole school masses in collaboration with the pupil chaplaincy team and developing an action plan for Chaplaincy where our Catholic ethos and spiritual, moral and social development lies at the heart of our learning, our teaching and our day to day exchanges with each other. The team work hard to develop innovative masses, assemblies, reflections, liturgies which engage and ignite our pupils and staff to challenge themselves to be the best that they can be. They are always open to new ideas and suggestions to promote our faith in school. However we are all involved in the faith journey we work together and we certainly view ourselves as "Team Teresa's"
We are a very happy, family school who care about each other and those in need too. As a Chaplaincy team we endeavour to create a nurturing environment in school where we all feel valued and above all loved.
On Wednesday the 1st of February our Year 5 chaplains attended a GIFT chaplaincy training day. The children learned about St. Martin of Tours and how the word chaplain came about. They had some help and put together an action plan to ensure the chaplaincy team develop in the coming year.
In the afternoon they attended a special commissioning service lead by Canon McBride who explained the significance and importance of becoming a chaplain. He explained that it is was special calling from God.
The children represented the school very well and have got lots of plans for developing the role of chaplaincy further this year.
Mrs Dawson has taken on the role of Chaplaincy lead this year. After the Year five team of chaplains are appointed the Year 6 and Year 5 chaplains will draw up an Action Plan for the coming year. We especially want to involve the chaplains in developing the prayer life of the school, leading liturgies and assemblies and looking at ways to improve the chaplaincy room.