What We Are Doing
The Chaplaincy focus here at Dyson Perrins works alongside the SMSC policy for all schools but in particular, providing opportunity for and support with Spiritual development.
Our Chaplain Katie Fisher leads students in collective worship through assemblies, tutorial time, reflection days, a mission week in addition to facilitating one-to-one support in a weekly wellbeing clinic and through small support groups such as helping students with bereavement.
The Spring Into Life team have a long Legacy of coming into schools in Malvern and engaging with students in a variety of mediums from graffiti artists, musicians, public speakers and prayer stations. We continue to celebrate this legacy through setting aside time every year to invite speakers and artists to enable all students to flourish and thrive. It has been superb and each year gets better. In asking the students about their favourite aspects of collective worship, the Missions week is always forefront in their mind where they explore a breadth of worship opportunities.
We have an assembly rota that follows the Liturgical Calendar which allows opportunity for reflection and worship. You can see an example of some assemblies here which further explore the links to our key themes of Resilience, Courage, Trust and Belief in addition to the school motto; ‘To love to learn’.
We are working on developing our Chapel space and prayer garden which is a gradual process but so far we have had year 10’s design and paint some prayer posts in the chapel space. Year 7 students worked on decorating Pebbles with symbols within their art lessons which are arranged in the prayer garden as Cairns of their journey so far.
We are very delighted to have the opportunity to collaborate with an incredible local Artistic Blacksmith, Joshua De Lisle who will be working with students in Design and Technology to create a copper tree to be placed in the Prayer Garden. See Josh’s work here: https://www.joshuadelisle.com/
See the pictures in our mood boards to see what else we have planned.
Prayer Garden Moodboard
Prayer Garden Moodboard with explanations
Katie works closely with Mrs Everitt who is the Subject Leader for Religious Education and PSHE to organise and deliver reflection days for different year groups across the year groups. There is approximately 1 per term for years 9 and 10 with additional days allocated in the Spring and Summer term for year 7 and 8 during mission week and activity week. The structure of these days work on a carousel basis where learners attend all session in rotation within their form groups. Of the five sessions that they attend, there will be a number which will meet PSHE targets and others that are more specific to Spiritual exploration, where guest speakers come and work with students in workshops, prayer stations, seminars, faith panels to name a few.