The Role of Chaplains

The Anglican Church ensures that Chaplains are present and available in many organisations such as the Defence Forces, hospitals, correctional facilities, welfare agencies, ports, community groups and schools. Regardless of context, a Chaplain’s chief task is to journey alongside people with diverse social and spiritual needs and to help them grow into fullness of life.

At JSR we celebrate our Christian identity through distinctively Anglican liturgy, a relevant Religious Education program at all levels, and through the provision of priestly care and leadership.

The School Chaplain has three main functions:

1. To be a visible Christian presence in the school community, and available to anybody who needs confidential advice and support. While this may be particularly necessary in times of crisis, the Chaplain also aims to build life-giving relationships at all times. Chaplains engage in pastoral ministry in conjunction with that offered by the Assistant Principals, House Coordinators and Teaching Staff.

2. To lead the school community in liturgy – including regular worship for different sections of the school, major events in the school’s life and the key festivals of the church’s year.

3. To support the Religious and Values Education teachers, and to provide additional opportunities for faith formation of students, staff and the wider community.

The Reverend Luke Durham was commissioned in 2009 as both the parish priest at St Bede’s (Beechboro Campus) and Assistant Chaplain at John Septimus Roe Anglican Community School, with particular ministry to the Beechboro Campus.. He has a particular interest in modern church worship and liturgy, constant prayer and compassionate care for those in need. Fr Luke can be contacted via the school switchboard, or by email on

The Reverend Cheryl Absalom worked as locum priest in the Balga-Mirrabooka Parish from 2010 to 2011, and in June 2011 was appointed Assistant Chaplain with ministry to the Primary students at Mirrabooka campus. Cheryl has an interest in Christian community and is committed to providing lively and relevant worship with children. She may be contacted via the school switchboard, or by email on

The Chaplaincy department encourages year 12 students to apply for work as a part-time intern in the year after they leave, as part of the School’s intern program.

Baptism and First Holy Communion

Celebrating the Eucharist is an important and regular part of our school life. The practice across most of the Christian church is that a person ought to be baptised before receiving the sacrament. In the Anglican tradition, young people who are baptised and have an understanding of the Eucharist are formally ‘Admitted to Communion’.

The school offers the opportunity for Baptism and Admission to Communion to students in their early primary years, and again in year seven.  For enquiries please contact any of the Chaplains.