As Chaplain of St Martin's, it is my role to lead the spiritual life of the school. I am here to serve all the members of our school community by offering encouragement, support and guidance.
Being a Church of England School is special. We welcome students of all faiths and none, and with love and learning we work together to build a peaceful and successful place where all can flourish, spiritually and academically. Promoting and nurturing the Christian ethos of St Martinís is my privilege, whether that is through organising collective worship, individual mentoring, or simply stopping for a chat with the students at lunchtime. In all we do we seek to show Godís care for our students.
Collective worship takes place twice a week as a whole school, where we pray, learn from the Bible, enjoy singing hymns led by staff and student groups and consider how we can live out our school values of service, compassion, justice and perseverance. Collective worship also happens in year groups and form times, where students can go deeper into exploring subjects that matter to them, and where the care of the smaller group promotes the individual well-being of each student.
We organise services to celebrate special occasions and seasons, so that all of our students can experience worshipping in a Church of England church. St Martin's has established a new Chapel in the heart of the school, to be a place of peace, prayer and reflection where all can come and develop their faith. The chapel is used for groups like Christian Union, as well as for services and lessons. We encourage our students to put our school values into practice, and give them chances to serve others and show compassion through charity activities at different times of the year.
The best thing about being Chaplain here at St Martins is our fantastic students. It is wonderful to see them grow in confidence, to experience their joyfulness and to offer them a place where they can embed Christian values which will serve them well as they go out from here to the wider world.
Esther Moorey is Lay Chaplain at St Martin's. She comes to St Martinís with a background in primary teaching, and actively serves in the ministry team at her parish church.