School Chaplain

The School Chaplain is a faith presence in the school community who is available to students, parents and staff members alike. The Chaplain works closely with school management, year heads, class tutors, and classroom teachers to promote a harmonious school environment for the well-being of all its members.

The motto of St. Aidan’s Community College is “Bíodh bhur solas ag taitneamh”. This vision is shared by the Chaplain who endeavours to accompany young people on their journey through life, and encourages them to let their light shine brightly.

The role of the School Chaplain is wide and varied, and can involve teaching religious education, meeting students on an individual basis, organising liturgies and prayers, and participating in activities which relate to the well-being and development of the school community. This role enables the development of relationships of trust with students, staff and parents. The Chaplain responds to the spiritual and religious needs of the students and the whole school community, while respecting the religious and personal convictions of all. The School Chaplain contributes to formal school occasions, such as assemblies, Open Evenings and school Masses. The organisation of guest speakers and charity fundraising work are integral aspect of the role.

One of a School Chaplain's key duties is to provide pastoral care. All of us need some kind of non-judgmental, understanding support: someone to listen actively and offer comfort, someone to provide assurance and encouragement that help is available. This role can involve counselling students suffering from emotional trauma, offering advice to pupils facing difficult decisions, leading groups that deal with issues such as bereavement or co-ordinating peer mentoring services. In St. Aidan's the School Chaplain is also the primary Support Teacher for the student Meitheal team. Supporting the school community may also mean referring individuals to outside support agencies, such as mental health, addiction or medical professionals, where necessary.

The Chaplain provides an open door where students, as well as other members of the school community, can receive support in a safe and confidential manner. The School Chaplain is someone with whom students and their families can talk.
 

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