A special commissioning took place at St John’s Church, Wellington on Thursday 19th October.
Eight children from Year 5 at St John’s Church of England Primary school were commissioned as pupil chaplains for 2023-24 in a special ceremony during the school’s harvest festival. The children, who had volunteered for the role, made their promises in front of the whole school, families and friends, these promises were created during their training. Each chaplain was presented with an olive wood cross, badges and certificates. The previous pupil chaplains then ceremonially handed over their tabards and received a certificate thanking them for their 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. The service was also blessed by our new Reverend Colin.
Pupil chaplains have a special responsibility 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. Pupil chaplains have now supported our school for a number of years and it is a very special and important role for our school. They strive to help all students and staff, and share joy and hope in our community.