School Chaplaincy Team and Fundraising
|Our 2023 - 2024 Chaplaincy Team are:
What is the role of the Chaplaincy Team?
As part of their role, the chaplaincy team supports pupils across the whole school from EYFS to Year 6 in developing and deepening their faith.
On a termly basis, the chaplaincy team lead whole school assemblies on liturgical themes. On a half termly basis, the chaplaincy team support and lead a collective worship in the classroom. Further to this, during significant liturgical events in the year, such as Lent and Advent, the Chaplaincy team support pupils in developing their understanding of the importance of these by leading whole school acts of worship such as ‘The Walking Stations of the Cross’. Each year, at Harvest time, our chaplaincy team also organise our annual food collection for the Watford Food Bank.
To help our new Chaplaincy team, each year after the new team has been established, we hold an annual ASCAT Chaplaincy retreat day at St. Saviours Church in Abbotts Langley. Orchestrated by Deacon Liam Lynch, the day provided an opportunity for pupils in our Chaplaincy team to meet with other pupil chaplaincy teams across the All Saints Catholic Academy Trust. It consisted of times of prayer, reflection and training to ensure our pupils are ready to embark upon the journey of their new role as leaders of prayer and worship. Mr. Wheatley, ASCAT CEO, also attended and led the pupils in one of their sessions.
Fundraising 2023 - 2024
The Chaplains' first project was to promote the collection of non-perishable food for the Watford Foodbank. We were amazed with the sheer amount of food that was collected through the kind donations from you, our families, in our school community.
Your kindness will now provide those most in need with essential food and remove the worry of where the next meal will come from. It truly is putting Jesus’ teaching into action.
“For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink”. – Matthew 25: 35-36
Thank you also to our Chaplaincy team for helping Mr Molloy with leading the school in a Harvest assembly on Monday afternoon and for helping Mr Molloy to collect all the donations.
At our KS1 Nativity and KS2 Carol Concert performances, we collected donations for New Hope's 'Hope, Not Homelessness' appeal. Across the two nights, we earned over £130 in cash donations and more in online donations. These helped to provide new socks for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in our community.
'John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”' - Luke 3:11
Pumpkin's Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre
In the Spring term, our School Council members organised a Cake Sale in order to raise money for Pumpkin's Wildlife Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, as chosen by one of our school councillors. As a 'donate what you want' based sale, we collected a brilliant £242.94 - a brilliant result!
"A righteous person takes care of their animals' health" - Proverbs 12:10
Fundraising 2022 - 2023
The children of St John's helped to raise £91.48 for local disadvantaged children and families though the Catholic Children's Society!
We also helped to raise £159 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation!
"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." - Proverbs 11:25