Chaplaincy @ STG
St. George’s School became a Church of England Secondary School in 2002. It is one of ten Church of England Schools in the Diocese of Blackburn. It is run by the Cidari Multi Academy Trust which was set up by Blackburn Diocese’s Board of Education in 2013. St. George’s has close links with all three organisations.
In its 2016 report ‘Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good’, the Church of England’s Office for Education talked about its desire to see “human flourishing for all” in its Schools. This is a vision St. George’s shares. Taking as its starting point Jesus’ desire to bring “life in all its fullness” (John 10:10), St. George’s seeks to educate the whole child. This means that as well as receiving an excellent standard of academic education and outstanding pastoral care, we encourage students to grow and develop the spiritual, intellectual, moral, social and emotional, elements to their characters as well.
Consequently, during their time with us, our students are expected to try to live by a set of Christian values (or ‘gifts’) which make up our School ethos; to play their part in daily acts of worship as well as Year group and College worship; to join in with Spirituality Days and Charity appeals; and actively engage in our SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) programme of study. We believe that by so doing, our students will leave us as more rounded human-beings, ready to take their place in the world.
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Meet Our Chaplain
Hi! I’m Helen. I have three children, 2 sons at Secondary School and a little girl at Primary School. I’m married to David who works very hard at our local hospice in Blackpool.
I was ordained in 1995 and have worked all over England and Northern Ireland mainly in parishes in pastoral roles. I have also been Chaplain to a hospice in Warrington and to an independent school in Fleetwood.
I started as Chaplain to St. George’s School in September 2012 and am really pleased to be part of such a great team. I enjoy being with our students and getting to hear how life and faith are for them.
Secondary School and the teenage years can be tough for all sorts of reasons. I admire our students’ enthusiasm and resilience, and feel privileged to be in a position to offer help and support.
My favourite bible stories are the parables Jesus told about the lost – the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son. I’m always amazed at the lengths the seekers will go to in order to find what – or who – has been lost. That’s just what God is like. If there’s one thing that inspires me in my ministry, it’s the knowledge that God loves us so very much.
I adore chocolate and have a stash in my office (please don’t tell anyone!). I also like cakes, biscuits and most things that are sweet. My favourite past times – when I get a spare moment – are clothes shopping, walking by the sea, playing chess, talking football with my boys, making cakes with my daughter, meeting my friends and gardening.