St Margaret’s is a living faith community, welcoming many groups from within and without the school. The school chapel stands as a constant reminder of the Christian faith which is at the core of St Margaret’s.
Throughout the school, the chaplain is responsible for worship, which is set within the Anglican tradition and in conjunction with the history and the presence of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Advent.
The prayer rhythms of the school are established in many ways to welcome day girls and visitors to worship with them. Within the school day, there are regular year level and House services in the secondary school. Primary girls (Prep to Year 6) fill the chapel with much life and light each week. An invitation is extended for all, both in the primary and secondary schools, to attend family year level services of Holy Communion, currently held in Semester 1. Students play a very active role in all school liturgies, some filling the roles of sacristans (Year 12) and chapel assistants (Year 6).
The school chapel welcomes Old Girls on a variety of occasions, including the annual Old Girls’ Day Eucharist, baptisms and weddings. The Sisters' Chapel is also a popular venue for special services.
Religious and values education lessons are an integral part of the curriculum throughout the school. Students are encouraged to contribute to informal discussion, question and answer sessions and debates on moral issues. Girls in Years 3 to 6 form a Eucharistic community in the primary school, whilst secondary girls have the opportunity to worship through year level Eucharists, where the theme of the liturgy itself is generated to reflect the learning in religious and values education lessons and the Pastoral Care Program.
There are opportunities for spiritual journeying. The Year 3 curriculum includes a unit which prepares students for Admission to Holy Communion. Girls from Years 3 to 12 who wish to be admitted to Holy Communion take part in a special evening service in Term 2. The prerequisite for Holy Communion is Baptism. and each year, some girls, who have not already been baptised, are baptised in the school chapel. Confirmation is available to those wishing to make their mature commitment to the Christian faith, with the Bishop joining us in Term 3 for the annual service.
The school chapel houses some striking art work, including magnificent stained glass windows by David Birrell, hand-worked banners by former Headmistress Evelyn Heath, and an impressive reredos, which echoes the colours of the windows and celebrates the women of the Bible. Worked entirely in silk by former teacher Jane Wilson, it was designed by Father David Binns.
The Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations has contributed funding to the chaplaincy/student welfare services through the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.
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