I finished my first week as a school Chaplain yesterday. It was an amazing week. While I can’t talk about the schools or the students I just thought I would share some of the general things I was involved with.
Because I am fairly active I was able to join in with any sport that was taking place. Over the week I played several hours of 3 on 3 basketball, played chasey with the younger kids, dancing with the kindy kids, practiced throwing and catching with the middle school kids and went with the older kids to the pool for swimming. It was a great way to just get to talk and know them all. I just added up my incidental exercise my FitBit tracked and it was 361 minutes over an above my normal fitness training!
The other great thing this week was I was able to sit in on classes with students from preprimary to year 9-10. This was a great way to see what is going on in the classrooms and have incidental conversations with the kids. I was really happy to be received in to every classroom I asked to go into. That is largely due to the great work of the previous chaplains.
Lastly I was able to have some great conversations with students and teachers. Some students were referred to me and others we just in the course of being at school and sharing the same space. I was really encouraged how people knew the Chaplains are there to listen and support people in their work.
I really feel so privileged to do the role I do. Several times during the week I was really conscious of how blessed I am to do this new role. It is a real answer to prayer.