Chaplaincy is an intergal part of our school community and we are fortunate to have 3 Chaplains working with the staff and students.
The chaplains have 3 areas of responsibility:
- 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 Associate Principals, House Coordinators and Teaching Staff.
- 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.
- To support the Religious and Values Education teachers, and to provide additional opportunities for faith formation of students, staff and the wider community.
Our Senior Chaplain, Reverend Brad Galvin, served at St Mark’s ACS as a chaplain before joining us this year. His role is to provide students, staff, families and past students with care and guidance.
Mr Galvin and his family lived Iringa, a town in the southern highlands of Tanzania for a number of years where he taught theology in Bible college and was the Pastor of an English speaking International Church. In addition to his passion for God and serving others, Mr Galvin loves playing rugby, teaching the Bible, watching the Sydney Swans, hanging out with his family and making new friends.
If you would like to talk with Brad he can be contacted via the school on 9247 2242 or via email [email protected].
The Reverend Elizabeth Flanigan is the Assistant Chaplain at Mirrabooka Campus, with particular responsibility for high school students, and she also teaches Religious Studies. Among other things, Liz has previously worked in parishes in roles with a special focus on young people and families. She has also worked at the Bible Society and the Anglican Schools Commission, where she wrote and developed curriculum material for Religious Studies. Liz is passionate about encouraging the students to creatively participate both in liturgy and in social justice issues within the wider community. She also loves theatre, music, a good chai latte and spending time with family and friends. Liz can also be contacted through the school on 9247 2242 or email [email protected]
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.