The Chaplain (Ms. Coakley) is a faith presence in the school community who is available to students, parents and staff members alike. Ms. Coakley works closely with the Student Support Team (SST), management, year heads, class tutors, and classroom teachers to promote a harmonious school environment for the well-being of all its members.
The role of the Chaplain is wide and varied and can involve teaching, meeting students on an individual basis, organising liturgies and prayers, and participating in activities which relate to the well-being and development of the school community. This role enables the development of relationships of trust with students, staff and parents. The Chaplain responds to the spiritual and religious needs of the students and the whole school community while respecting the religious and personal convictions of all. The Chaplain contributes to formal school occasions, such as assemblies, Open Evenings and school Masses. The organisation of guest speakers, retreats and charity fundraising work are integral aspects of her role.
One of the Chaplain’s key duties is to provide pastoral care. All of us need some kind of non-judgmental, understanding support: someone to listen actively and offer comfort, someone to provide assurance and encouragement that help is available. This role can involve counselling students suffering from emotional trauma, offering advice to students facing difficult decisions, leading groups that deal with issues such as bereavement or coordinating peer mentoring services.
The Chaplain provides an open door where students, as well as other members of the school community, can receive support in a safe and confidential manner.