SCHOOL CHAPLAIN – Willow Park Junior School
Willow Park Junior School are looking to fill the full-time position of a Lay Chaplain, with possibility of some RE classes specifically for the Sacramental classes in Second and Sixth Form.
The person will hold a recognised qualification or its equivalent in School Chaplaincy is mandatory. The successful candidate will support and actively develop the Spiritans ethos across all areas of Willow Park Junior School. A willingness to contribute to the extra-curricular programme is welcome. Shortlisting may apply.
Closing date August 19th 4.00pm – Postal applications ONLY please.
Interviews August 22nd.
Letter of Application: Referees (name, role, contact no.), Copy of Certificates, Diplomas, Degrees
CV (Unbound/Slide Binder)
Applications may be submitted by Post
Apply To: Willow Park Junior School Rock Road, Booterstown, County Dublin
For more information Phone: (01) 288-1651 or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The work of the school chaplain is a role that was described as ‘falling between the gaps.’ The role of chaplaincy is often described as about people, the student community, teachers, staff members and families – not about structures, programmes, responsibilities or tasks. This description seems a little unfair as it gives no clear role expression of chaplaincy within a school. The phrase ‘compassionate presence with us’ is a good summation of the work of a chaplain. The chaplain as a faith presence committed to the values of Christ and on behalf of the school offers ‘accompaniment to each person on their journey through school and within the school community’
John Paul II in his World Youth Day address in 1995 (Manilla) spoke these words: In the course of their journey young people look for someone who… will know how to speak to their hearts and enkindle, comfort and inspire enthusiasm in it with the joy of the Gospel and the strength of the Eucharist.. will know how to speak to them about the problems which worry them, and propose solutions, values perspectives which are worth staking one’s future on.
Willow Park Ethos offers a programme of speaking and listening to the hearts of students, inspiring students to a wonderful generosity imbued with the Gospel’s Spirit of Joy and Service. Willow Park Junior school endeavours to offer a Value-led programme for all in the school community going forward which is worth staking one’s future on.
Chaplaincy is at the heart this Willow Park Junior School programme and Chaplaincy will continue to collaborate with all elements of the school community as it endeavours to enable a full expression of a Spiritan ethos where faith values of joy, love and service are manifested in every aspect of school.
Animating the Liturgy through;
Providing opportunities for prayer, age appropriate
Collaborating with teachers to lead class year assemblies
Liturgies for liturgical seasons, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter
Class Masses for 2nd form to 6th
Engage in Sacramental preparation programme through;
Parent’s Presentation on Sacraments
Provide Classroom preparation for Sacrament in conjunction with the teachers
Preparation with teachers and school team for the Sacraments of Initiation
Preparation of the liturgy for the sacraments with school team
Accompanying students of Willow Park Junior School through;
Helping young people to recognise their need for God
Offering Pastoral Support to students
Helping them to shape good questions on their journey
Animating mission through;
Class presentation on topics e.g. Faith and Justice, Charity Appeals, Spiritans and
Church Missionary Work, etc…
Animating Spiritans Ethos through;
Preparing resources on Spiritanss founders
Presentations on the Spiritan seven core values
Ensuring appropriate celebration of Spiritans Congregational days
Attending appropriate in-service days with Spiritans Education trust
Attending appropriate in-service days with Dublin Archdiocese primary advisor
School Supervision through;
Participation in School Timetable supervision
Participation in School Tours supervision
Named supervision requested by school management
Development of local Community Links through;
Liaison between local parishes and diocese
Engagement of a support network through;
The provision of Pastoral support for teachers
The provision of pastoral support of students if requested