The school has a full time chaplain Mrs James who works alongside students and staff encouraging, supporting and helping to create a deeply spiritual environment within our school community. Here at CNCHS we thrive to ensure that every child entering our school will have a clear understanding of the teachings of Jesus and the foundations of the Catholic faith allowing them to grow into compassionate, caring and confident young adults. At CNCHS the Chaplaincy team offers a wide range of opportunities for all our students. The team is involved in a range of areas of school life. At our school we take part in a number of events and programmes that involve us living our faith.
The Chaplaincy Team always welcomes new members
(Cardinal Newman Prayer)
The Mission of My Life
God has created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission. I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good; I shall do His work.
The Chapel of CNCHS lies at the heart of our school; it is a very peaceful place. The chapel is here for our students to visit for private prayer and reflection. Our prayer group is held every Wednesday lunch in the chapel.
The Chaplaincy office is always open for a friendly chat or a listening ear, allowing you as young person to share your beliefs and ideas with confidence and compassion.
Full Circle Programme
Full Circle is a programme designed for young people who have suffered significant loss often through bereavement or divorce.
When something significant happens in a family, the entire family is affected. Even though death, divorce or other loss issues appear to be only grown-up problems, they have a profound effect on the children who are touched by such experiences. If a parent dies, a divorce happens or a painful loss occurs, not only do the parents grieve, the children do also. Children may find it extremely difficult to verbalise their feelings of grief because of their age and inexperience.
We have some sensitive, caring and well trained adults who have said "yes" to helping these children put their feelings into words, work through their grief, build a stronger sense of self-esteem, and begin to accept what has taken place in the family.
If your child is part of a single parent family, a step-family, has experienced death of a loved family member, friend or sibling, or is struggling through a painful experience, this will be an opportunity for him/her to share with a special someone on the outside what is happening on the inside. The support group will meet once a week for a period of twelve weeks.
Our prayer garden is quite peaceful place in our school children come for a quite reflection. Where they are able to remember loved ones. Our garden is also a place we come together as a school community to remember our brothers and sisters around the world.
The chaplaincy team organise a number of different lunch and break activities
Crafty Kids (talking about God through arts and crafts)
Prayer through colour.
Wednesday prayer group.
This give the children an opportunity to express themselves throuth art and design.
FAITH IN ACTION
We have a number of year 9 students who form our Guardian Angels team, The team are on hand all the time for everyone to pop up and have a chat too, if you have any worries. They are also around the school and can be recognised by their Guardian Angel badges. Their photographs are on display near the Chaplaincy office. The team are on hand to help you through your time at high school.
Faith in Action Qualification
Faith in Action (The CYMFed National Catholic Award Scheme). The participation in this scheme is an exciting prospect, it will involve spending some time in active work as well as in thought and prayer, all centred around the big question posed by Pope Benedict during his UK visit; 'What kind of person do you want to be?'
The Faith in action Scheme helps identify and celebrate what is really important and to formally achieve recognition for the many different ways they contribute positively to the community.
Pupils will be encouraged to take ownership of projects and develop them according to their own talents and interests.
Award Levels -The Faith in Action Scheme allows for participation at four levels:
Award Level Pin Bronze Silver Gold
The scheme is progressive in nature, which means for example, they may achieve the pin award in one year and work towards the Bronze the following year