Being a Pupil Chaplain is a very important role at St Joseph’s, because each Chaplain helps to support and develop Catholic life in our school. The Pupil Chaplaincy programme began over two years ago in the Salford Diocese and today, over 1000 children and young people in 100 schools and colleges serve as part of their school Chaplaincy Team.
I wanted to become a Pupil Chaplain because I want to help to encourage and promote the Catholic faith in school, as well as to develop my own faith further. After applying and being interviewed, I am now a part of the Pupil Chaplaincy Team in school. We were missioned at Schoenstatt on the 14th October and have a busy year ahead of us. I look forward to the many opportunities that being a Pupil Chaplain will offer to me.
On Wednesday 14th October we, the Pupil Chaplains, lead a retreat day for the new year 5 pupil chaplains and GIFT teams (Growing In Faith Together) at Schoenstatt shrine. The theme of the day was Stewardship. The day started with the pupils from the primary schools arriving and taking part in a few ice breakers to get to know each other a little better. Afterwards the year 5’s split into 3 small groups and proceeded to take part in short sessions. The sessions were based around me, us and the world and included creative and reflective activities and an auction that had the pupils building an imaginary town where they had to win facilities such as a hospital and school in an auction. This encouraged the pupils to consider what makes a community and what a communities priory such be. To end the day we took part in a really lively Mass and all the new Pupil Chaplains, including ourselves, were officially Missioned. Each school brought a gift they had made from recycled materials to give to another of the teams and the day was a great chance to meet one another. We all had a great day and are looking forward to the next one.