Chaplaincy Life at Blue Coat School

Here at Blue Coat we have a busy Chaplaincy life with staff and students engaging with cell groups, worship times, pastoral care, and welcoming local and international missions teams.

However, the majority of the work is simply sharing life together with my office based in a corner of the Chaplaincy area where young people hang out and socialise. Sharing life together – highs and lows – is the method that Jesus used with His disciples and in the gospels we see them gradually learning what real grounded prayer, faith, mission and ministry look like.

Our young people who engage with the work of the Chaplaincy see me on good days, bad days and every day in between. I have been keen to see prayer at the heart of the school and wondered if a prayer space may be a way of encouraging this.

We hosted a prayer space some years ago, and personally having seen their power reaching young people as part of 24-7 prayer initiatives, I was keen to try again at Blue Coat and see whether a space might encourage and uplift our students and staff.

Alongside our PAIS team who delivered a week of assemblies on the love of God, we set up a prayer space with one activity on God’s love that changed every day, and other stations that are particularly important to our city, country and world at this time. This included praying for world issues, the persecuted church, knife crime, and praying for those in authority/politicians.

Students were free to come and use the room before and after school, at break-times and lunchtimes and there was always a member of the Chaplaincy/PAIS team available.

With a group of students and our wood technology department, we made a wooden cross with holes in to leave prayers at. During the week we used multiple different methods of creative prayer such as prayer walking, post-it’s on a world map, worship, writing positive prayers on knife shaped pieces of paper and making our own ‘knife angel’, using plasticine to make positive images and affirmations to leave for others, using chalks to ‘light up’ black paper, and lighting tea light candles to represent praying for people.

Having experienced the prayer space, a previously unknown student to me came and asked me to pray for his unwell grandad… but not with words… through the medium of plasticine! So he made a model of Grandad, and I made a (terrible…) model of Jesus and we brought them together. Students have often seen me getting emotional – and that was one of those times!

We held our weekly time of sung worship in the prayer space, and many students not well known to me were gathered in the room as we worshipped. They loved it! When I asked them afterwards about their experience, one student said:

“I’ve never seen people singing and praying like that – I didn’t know it felt like that – like heaven”

The prayer space has changed the dynamic in the Chaplaincy room, with many younger students now using the space at lunch and break-times, directly because of the way the room made them feel during the week. One student during the week, when asked how they felt about the space, simply said

“I like how it feels. It feels good.”

It was a wonderful and humbling thing coming in every day and looking at the prayers that had gone up the day before – and indeed overnight which suggested that staff working late or arriving very early were also engaging with the room. I think it no coincidence that we have seen a little revival in numbers of staff wanting to pray weekly together too – we are seeing the Lord at work and building regular, prayerful community here is part of that.

Lou Peet – Chaplain

The Greatest 1K Show

So the total is in from ‘The Greatest 1K Show’….

WE RAISED £1508.94!!

We cannot thank everyone enough for the support with this event. Whether you came to the show, donated or bought raffle tickets every little donation has helped us to not only reach our target but absolutely smash it. Teenage Cancer Trust is an amazing charity and I know they will be so so grateful for the money we have raised.

 

Blue Coat | Interact Club

So far this year interact club have had the opportunity to meet with senior members of the Rotary club at their base where we dined in style and in school over a buffet.  The Rotary members are retired professionals who want to use some of their time helping others.

Each of our members have been issued a pin badge and a T-Shirt showing their commitment to us and equally our commitment to them.

We have lots of plans for raising money for our chosen charities which shall begin during this term.  So please, watch this space and support us if you can.

Centenary Service at the Cathedral

During this centenary year, all 75 Church of England schools in the Diocese have taken part in a pilgrimage of the Cross of Nails. Since January the Cross of Nails has been passed from school to school in special handover ceremonies culminating in a thanksgiving service at Coventry Cathedral on the 28th November.

Pupils, staff and local clergy from all 75 schools were at the service. The service started with a procession of colourful banners from each school in the nave before Bishop Christopher led Leigh Church of England Academy’s version of the Coventry Litany of Reconciliation. During the service there was an exciting dramatic performance of the story of Joseph from Knightlow Primary School and beautiful choir performances from Blue Coat School & Music College and the Revel Primary School.

Bishop Christopher spoke about the story of the Cross of Nails from the perspective of the piece of metal that was made into the nails that held together the old Cathedral roof and thanksgiving prayers were lead by teachers, students and members of the DBE.

Overall, the service was a great celebration of the schools in our diocese and a chance to thank God for 100 years of the Diocese of Coventry.

Year 10 | Work Experience

Dear Year 10 Parents/Guardians.

I can confirm that work experience for Year 10 will take place over one week, starting the 8th July – 12th July.

We genuinely believe the two week mock period is vital for the year 10 pupils to experience the exams the Summer of year 11 will bring. As the official GCSE and A level exams do not conclude until the week of 24th June, the mocks can only run from the 24th June to the 5th July.

For any families who have already sought a 2 week placement, apologies, and Mrs Jones our careers advisor will be happy to support you in contacting the employer to amend the dates.

Regards
Lisa Henden
Deputy Headteacher