Meet the Chaplain
My name is Louisa Peet (students and staff call me Lou!) and I have the honour and privilege of serving fulltime as the Chaplain of the Blue Coat Community including students, staff and their families. With a background in community ministry and working alongside young people, I love seeing young people stepping into everything that God has for them. I believe that our young people are world-changers – not only of tomorrow but also of today. I get to walk alongside our students from a slightly different perspective from my teaching and support staff colleagues, and they regularly challenge, uplift and stretch me in my knowledge, faith and awareness of today’s youth culture. My heart for the school community is one of a Pastor – loving, guiding, protective and always desiring Kingdom come in the hearts and lives of those I am called to serve.
My role is a diverse one including leading liturgical and worship aspects (for example assemblies and services), through to 1:1 mentoring and disciple-making, counselling around life events (for example bereavements) and generally getting to know and coming alongside our young people and staff both in their mountaintop experiences, and those more difficult times down in the valleys.
I have a medical background, which enables me to have a good awareness of mental, emotional and physical health needs and management, and I use these skills regularly to ensure that our young people and staff are healthy spiritually, emotionally and physically.
About the Chaplaincy
The Chaplaincy suite is a vibrant and well used place within the busyness of the school day, used by students, staff, visitors and families.
We agree with the Psalmist that ‘The earth is the LORD’s and everything in it’ (Psalm 24:1) and therefore that God is present, by His Spirit, in every place in the school. However, the Chaplaincy is a special space and place where young people and staff can reflect, pray, grieve, celebrate, worship and have some quiet time alone or together.
Throughout the week we run many activities including ‘Prayers on Toast’, ASK lunch club, year cell groups and bible journaling, alongside other less structured times of reflection and worship.
There are two rooms – a quieter room equipped with drink making facilities, computer and speakers, comfy sofa and chairs where people can meet with the Chaplain and with each other and to pray, look at scripture, reflect before school and consider all that God has for them,
The second room is a multi-purpose space with chairs, beanbags, and prayer space activities. This is used at break and lunchtimes for groups and for young people socialising together, and at different times of the year is set up as a dedicated prayer space.
Blue Coat is proud of its Christian ethos and this is seen regularly in engagement with local charities such as Coventry Foodbank, the Coventry Refugee and Migrant Centre, and looking more globally our partnership with The Concrete Foundation School in Liberia.