Why Paplins? As the Pope is the Vicar of Christ in the whole Catholic Church our chaplaincy team plays a similar role within our school. The Paplins are visible and approachable in supporting pupils, parents, and staff in faith and Religious Education.
To join the Paplins, pupils have to apply and explain why they want to be a member and what they will contribute to the prayer life and Catholic life of our school. The emphasis is on passing on their faith to others, demonstrating the Gospel Values through their actions, taking a lead in worship and Common Good initiatives, and supporting other pupils as they develop their relationship with Christ. Once chosen to be Paplins they are introduced to the parish at Sunday Mass.
As part of their role, the Paplin’s help promote the Catholic character of our school. They support pupils across the whole school from EYFS to Year 6 in developing and deepening their faith. They plan, prepare and lead liturgies and collective worship as well as support staff and children prepare for liturgies and collective worship on a regular basis by modelling good examples of Child-Led Acts of Worship to younger pupils. Further to this, they help in the preparation of our school masses, and during significant liturgical events in the year, such as Lent and Advent, the Chaplaincy team support pupils in developing their understanding of the importance of these by leading whole school acts of worship such as Advent liturgies and beginning our Lenten Journey.