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The Sir Shirley Jeffries Chapel is the geographical and spiritual heart of the School. The Senior School Chaplain has oversight of the spiritual development of the Senior School and our School Chaplain has the same responsibility in the Preparatory School.

All students go to a Chapel service once a week with their particular class or House group. Boarding students also attend Sunday evening with families and friends from the School community. Chapel is a place where students and staff are encouraged to engage and participate in various aspects of worship and celebrate communal life. It is not an intrusive or aggressive style of religion, more a broad values approach with emphasis on:

  • no bullying
  • no harassment
  • including others, not excluding people
  • appreciating difference in others.

Families are welcomed to the School from all religious backgrounds. Many students at the School come from families who are members of the Uniting Church or other Christian denominations. Some of our families have faith in other religions, while others have no preferred faith.

We consider it important to help students make their own decision in their own time, in this important area of faith, spirituality and religion, but from an informed position. The vast majority of students actually enjoy the Chapel services.

Religious Education is a lesson once a fortnight in the Senior School and RAVE (Religious & Values Education) is taught once a week in the Preparatory School.

The study of all religions is also an elective subject in Year 12 which is run if interest is strong enough.

Community is an integral value at Westminster School and Chapel services are another dimension of communal expression in the life of the School. Community is a place where values, identity, belonging, care and compassion are evident and encouraged.  Chapel is also a place where students connect.

Connecting with one another is encouraged and affirmed. Music, drama, worship, readings, prayer and media are some of the opportunities for students to engage in Chapel and to develop and present messages in creative ways, which connects with the culture of the time.

Church within our School environment closely associates with the development and practices of the Uniting Church. Communion, Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Confirmation are sacred rituals administered at the Chapel. Chapel services at Westminster vary in style and many new and exciting dimensions of personal reflection and sense of belonging are encountered. Pastoral care, personal support, visitation to homes and hospitals, family support and mediation are administered by our Chaplains.

Westminster School develops Christian faith and welcomes opportunities to journey with people who are seeking to explore their own sense of faith. Under the auspices of the Uniting Church, the School has established networks with various churches and youth groups, in Adelaide and South Australia, that provides a variety of styles and worship so that students and families can continue their growth and spiritual development.

 

Chaplaincy Services under the National School Chaplaincy Program are supported by funding received from the State Government Department of Education and Child Development which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training for this purpose.