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At MSJ we value ‘the immeasurable’. MSJ provides a place of pastoral nurture and spiritual exploration regardless of whether a pupil has a commitment to any particular faith.

The Chaplaincy is Christian-based, but it is also open and inclusive in approach. Pupils of many World Religions (and none) contribute to a vibrant international, multi-cultural ethos in which the non-material aspects of life are appreciated and spiritual development is valued. Girls of different nationalities, cultures and faiths live together in the boarding houses, study together in the classrooms and play together on the sports field and in social events. Diversity and respect for civilised, liberal values are overtly and explicitly encouraged in all that we do.

We believe that our pupils should cultivate a sense of awe and wonder, sensing that they are part of a greater whole. They are encouraged to take risks in the asking of probing philosophical and theological questions in the quest for meaning and purpose in life. An emphasis on each pupil’s holistic spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development is fostered through collective worship, discussion meetings, regular Thoughts for the Week and Chaplaincy Papers as well as in the academic curriculum and co-curricular activities. Collective worship underpins, reflects and strengthens the School’s ethos by encouraging pupils to:

  • Participate in the experience of worship
  • Respond, without coercion, to religious or spiritual stimuli
  • Be open to a sense of the numinous and the transcendent
  • Deepen their sense of wonder about the world around them
  • Reflect upon dimensions of human life – the wonderful, beautiful, joyful, heroic, humorous, tragic, sorrowful, solemn
  • Understand the way in which humankind has expressed the deepest spiritual feelings, through the creative and expressive arts, scientific discovery, religious practice and philanthropic endeavours
  • Grow in empathetic understanding of the feelings of other people
  • Explore the language which people use to express profound beliefs
  • Reflect on personal, community, national and global values
  • Develop a sense of corporate belonging and community spirit

There is a weekly Eucharist, Bible study and prayer time for pupils of committed Christian backgrounds and, every year, some girls are prepared for Confirmation. There is also a dedicated Prayer Room for Muslim girls and they are mentored and supported by a Muslim member of the teaching staff. The Chaplain is always available to support members of other faiths in locating and attending their own places of worship as required.