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:
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.
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