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St John's C of E Primary School

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New Pupil Chaplains

Nine children from year 5 at St John’s Church of England Primary school, were commissioned as pupil chaplains for 2022-23 in a special ceremony during the school’s harvest festival. The children, who had volunteered for the role, chose to tell the story of creation. In front of the whole school, families and friends, the children made the promises that they had devised during their training, and were presented with olive wood crosses and certificates. The 2021-22 pupil chaplains played a special part, ceremonially handing over their tabards and receiving a badge marking their own service. Rev. Mike Haslam, chaplaincy adviser to the Diocese of Bath and Wells, led the celebration, praying for the new pupil chaplains and thanking the retiring ones for their dedication. Pupil chaplains have a special responsibility to try to care for the school and live by the school values showing respect, service, compassion, endurance and friendship, while having a lot of fun serving the local community and presenting Bible stories in assemblies. The first important job the new chaplains helped with, was bagging up the huge amount of food donations ready for delivery to Taunton food bank