22 September, 2023


One of the joys of being a Chaplain is to see how the students grow and develop as a result of having faithful role models in the later years of our College.

Today, our Year 3-5 Connect@Elphin was addressed by three Penquite Students, Adil Arakkal, Year 9, Aysha Mohammed, Year 10 and Cameron Parker, Year 11.  Each of them spoke in different areas of their life where they are being faithful to themselves, and as such, were very faithful role models for our Junior School students to aspire to, in areas of spirituality, public speaking and physical fitness.

Quite often, spirituality in schools might only be about Christianity.  However, there is a text in the Hebrew Scriptures that says, “Train up a child in the way he should go”, Proverbs 22:6.   I believe this is a really significant piece of wisdom in our lives that can guide us how to respect our students – do whatever we can to help them know who they are meant to be and then, equip them to know how to use their abilities and talents to live their life faithfully, in the way that they should go.

Thank you to the Penquite students who helped us to be guided today.

We have some exciting events planned for our Blessing of the Animals which will be next Friday, for the Junior School and Wednesday, 1 November for the Penquite Campus.

In our Elphin service, we will be hearing all about our Junior School Therapy Dog, Bella, and learning about what is important and why it is important for her to be at our school.

For Penquite, our students are being asked to lodge a video of themselves introducing their pets.  Approx 10 seconds long, this will help our students build community with their school peers in a way that enhances their spiritual attachment to belonging, not only as a school event but also to know each other that little bit deeper and enjoy our relationships in a more engaging way.

At Penquite, we will also be blessing Lucy, our Boarding House Dog who was attained as a result of the goodness of Josh Forbes-Young and his EY8 Project.

Have a good week ahead everybody.

Rev Grace
College Chaplain