Students at our academy are supported in their personal development in many ways and a key role in spiritual development and ethos development is played by Cristo, our Chaplain. Our chapel is a place of calm and tranquility where students are able to be supported to take a moment and rest and reflect on faith and what is important to them.
Cristo is available to speak informally with the students about matters of faith and advice and guidance.
I grew up and went to school in Mansfield and didn’t became a Christian until age 25. It is now my privilege to be part of a historic provision of spiritual care and pastoral guidance which goes back to Queen Elizabeth I.
Our chaplain helps to plan and lead collective worship which is an important part of our academy. Inclusive collective worship is time we prioritise to gather as a year group and to reflect on how we can make our vision come alive. We think deeply about our values which helps transform our vision into something that students experience, it creates our Christian ethos and impacts on our school culture.
Collective worship is relevant to our students’ life and learning. Students have considered about diverse historical and contemporary Christian figures who have demonstrated their deep Christian faith and definitively displayed our core values.
Students also look at how Christ is the core of our core values. Looking at the life and teachings of Jesus our students are helped to understand how he lived and what he taught and how to connect with God. Our values are linked with the Christian faith but no-one is excluded, our values are chosen because they are valuable to all. Inclusive collective worship means that we can come as we are there is something important for everyone to take away.
I have personally experienced the difference faith in Jesus and Christian values can make and now its my turn to give back to the younger generation by supporting the wellbeing of all students from all backgrounds at QEA.
Cristo is joined by a chaplaincy team representing many local churches and charities. These volunteers take part in collective worship and run clubs for the students. We also have Mrs Smart and Mrs Williams who are active in the Church of England and faithfully support students with their faith and personal development.
All these experiences help students to live out our values and for us to be a school linked to the local community and to the local churches.
As a Christian community, we recognise the vital importance of continued support, nurture and spiritual strength. Our Chaplain welcomes your contact via email. Please do not hesitate to contact him at: CRodriguez@queenelizabeths-ac.org.uk