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Chaplaincy

St. Angela's is glad to currently have two chaplains; Sr. Mary and Fr. Gerry Chestnut. Sr. Mary works as a part time chaplain in the school, while Fr. Chestnut, a priest from the local parish of the Sacred Heart, helps with the celebration of sacraments in the school. Both work together in partnership with the Religion Department to help deepen the students' experience of, and appreciation for, the Christian Faith, while also exploring and respecting other Faiths within the school community. This takes the form of liturgies and prayer services, joining with a class to discuss particular topics and highlighting liturgical seasons and themes throughout the year.

Within the wider pastoral context, they work with teachers and staff to assist the development of every student according to the school's mission statement, which aims to help each student achieve their fullest potential, not just in the academic field, but in the personal and interpersonal areas of life as well. This is done by means of being a "significant presence" to students and staff at key moments, such as preparing for exams, journeying in grief at the occasion of bereavement, or simply being available to people who might wish to discuss some aspect of their lives. As chaplains, both function in the school as bridges to the wider faith community, providing both challenge and support to those on the faith journey in the school.

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