Introduction from the School Chaplain

St Andrew’s is an inclusive school that respects and welcomes students of all faiths. We are also a school founded on principles of Christianity, and enjoy a positive relationship with St Andrew’s Cathedral.

The Chaplaincy Department has two core aims: providing opportunities for students and staff to connect with the Christian faith, as well as opportunities for all students, regardless of their personal faith, to serve the broader community through a range of programmes.

We encourage students to think critically and seriously about higher order issues of a philosophical nature. We also want them to develop a deep respect and love for those who think and believe differently to them.

Many students at St Andrew's do choose to profess their Christian faith and we seek to provide a supporting and encouraging environment where they can grow in their trust of Jesus. There are a variety of ways in which students can get involved, and the connections and relationships formed through Christian Ministry are long-lasting.

Chapel Services at SACS

Chapel at St Andrew’s is an integral part of our flourishing school community – a time for whole year groups to come together in respectful and engaging discussion. Chapel sessions are conducted on a weekly basis in the Cathedral’s historic Chapter House, with different sessions catering to the age-levels of students.

Through Chapel, St Andrew’s aims to grow our students in character, present the Christian message to them and grow their skills in serving others, with opportunities for Houses to connect with charities.

Typical chapel services last 25 minutes and include:

  • Singing led by a year group Chapel band
  • Prayer for important issues in students’ lives, their school and the broader community.
  • A 10-12 minute talk based on a section of the Bible or relevant topics given by the Chaplaincy team, a teacher or guest speaker
  • Student community-building activities 

Reverend Craig Foster
BEcon; BDiv; DipMin; C.A. (1997)

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