Chaplaincy and Worship
The Chaplaincy at St Catherine’s College
St Catherine’s College is a Church of England school that welcomes children of all faiths and none. It places God’s children at the heart of everything we do, preparing students to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with their peers locally, nationally and internationally. In order to achieve this, the emphasis is on teaching the whole person: mind, body, and spirit.
The chaplaincy at St Catherine’s College exists in a busy learning environment and is central to that context. Our Chaplain, Rev’d David Garratt, works to connect the teachings of Christ to pupils' and teachers' lives through school worships and through the different subject areas that are taught. Our Christian ethos is also fundamental to our pastoral work and care.
Rev’d David has a background in Art and Design and often uses this to encourage a creative response from pupils as they explore the bigger questions in life during their time at St Catherine’s College. The Chapel, where Rev’d David is based, provides a place for quiet reflection should pupils need it.
Even though we approach our school worships from a Christian perspective, the emphasis is always on encouraging pupils and staff to be questioning, inquisitive and reflective. Pupils are also encouraged to lead, take part in and ask questions relating to the school worships and the bigger questions of life. Worship is also used to educate pupils about the St Catherine’s College values:
Ambitious – to open up horizons of hope and aspiration.
Hard-working – to foster confidence, delight and discipline in seeking wisdom, knowledge, truth, understanding and the skills needed to shape life well.
Resilient – teaching pupils to cope wisely when things go wrong.
Responsible – a St Catherine’s education has a core focus on relationships and commitments, participation in communities, and develops the qualities of character that enable people to flourish together.
“I have come that you may have life, and have it to the full” John 10 v 10b.