The School Chaplain

The School Chaplain represents a faith presence in the school community. The Chaplain responds to the spiritual and religious needs of the students and the whole community respecting the denominational, religious and personal convictions of all.

The Chaplain ensures that the ethos of the school, reflecting the founding intention of the school and the school’s mission statement, finds practical expression by fostering an awareness of spirituality within the school and providing students with opportunities to express their own identity through whole-school and class liturgies, retreats and other religious and non-religious occasions.

The Chaplain builds relationships with all members of the school community and offers pastoral support particularly during times of bereavement or personal difficulties.

The Chaplain engages with students by maintaining a lively interest in recreational, cultural and outreach activities. In Bailieborough Community School, the Chaplain coordinates the John Paul II Awards and the Mentor Programme with senior students.

The Chaplain is missioned by the Christian Community to accompany and support young people, so that they may have life and life to the full (John 10:10). In carrying out his or her duties, the Chaplain works in close co-operation with all sections of the school community.