The chaplain of Bishop Henderson School is involved in many different ways, by supporting pupils, parents, staff and governors, and encouraging and deepening links between the school, local churches and the community.
The chaplain is available to listen and talk to staff, pupils and their families and to offer prayer (if requested). The chaplain works alongside the head teacher, staff, the Family Support Worker, and in time will liaise with the new Children’s Centre being built on the site.
Pupils have an opportunity to post their anxieties and concerns into a “prayer and worry box” placed in the school entrance.
The chaplain also attends School Council meetings.
The chaplain attends as many school events as is possible - these include pre-school induction days, open evenings, sports days, school fayres, concerts etc, and is available in the playground after school on certain days, or can be contacted for an appointment.
The chaplain is part of a team that runs the weekly “Inside out” club using among other resources, Scripture Union material. There is also involvement, together with other clergy, in R.E teaching and Collective Worship , both in the school and the church.
Following a successful “Zambia Day” at the school in October, together with staff , the Diocese and GLADE (Global Development in Education) the school is actively looking to make a link with a school in Zambia.
The chaplain has recently been involved in helping to co-ordinate with Church schools in the Taunton Learning Partnership, which resulted in a Service to celebrate 1100 years of the Diocese.
At the completion of the present building work, a quiet, reflective space is being planned that can be used by pupils, staff and parents.
The exciting and developing role of the chaplain continues supported by the Diocese, local churches and the school.
The chaplain is a member of the Governor’s “School, Church and Community Links Committee” but has the independence of not being a governor, and need not be ordained.
The current chaplain is a member of the Diocesan Board of Education and an Associate Vicar at one of the two parish Churches in the school’s catchment area.
The chaplaincy is currently funded by the two parish churches and the diocese.