The chaplaincy team at Christ’s College are a vital part of fulfilling the College ethos: Love, Cooperation, Stewardship, Respect and Service The chaplaincy team contribute significantly to the pastoral care and support of our students, providing support for both staff and students. The team provide friendship clubs; detached youth work, Youth Alpha, CU and special events weeks, including an annual prayer week. These are all made available to every student at the College.
Students and families from the College community are at the centre of all we do. It is a privilege to offer support, comfort, prayer and a listening ear to all in our College community.
We are very proud of the pastoral support we provide and greatly value the input of every one in our team.
It has been a privilege to serve the College in this capacity since 2000, working alongside a devoted pastoral team at Christ’s College we aim to help all students with their pastoral needs.
Rev. Rob Lewis
Our chaplain Rev. Rob Lewis, who was ordained in 1982, has over 35 years’ experience of pastoral work. He started working at Christ's College in 2000; His role is to oversee the delivery of the Christian ethos in the College, supporting students, parents, families and staff. He is also the minister of a local church. To say that Rob is a huge (Welsh) rugby fan is something of an understatement!
Dr Andrea Zschaler
Dr Zschaler is the Subject Leader of Religious Education at Christ’s College. Apart from her responsibility to lead the Department of Religious Education, she is also working alongside the Chaplaincy team to make the Christian values of Christ's College visible throughout the curriculum but also extra-curricular events like school trips and acts of worship. As a member of the teaching staff with several years of experience in the classroom, Dr Zschaler strives to bring together the work of the Chaplaincy team with the academic life of the College.
- Collective Worship (often known as an assembly) is part of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Assemblies are an important part of our school community life, so we hope that all students participate. Any parents or carers wishing to exercise their right to withdraw their child(ren) from all or part of collective worship should consult the Principal.
Religious Education (RE)
- At Christ's College, Religious Education is a part of a broad and balanced curriculum. All students receive RE in accordance with the Surrey Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education (2017-2022). This can be viewed here.
- You can find details about the RE that is taught in the Lower School (KS3) here, and the Upper School (KS4) here , as well as the choice of exam board for students studying RS.
- We expect all students to experience the full breadth of our curriculum, but should parents or carers wish to exercise the right of withdrawal for all or part of RE, they should consult the Principal.
Aims and Objectives
Be a positive Christian presence, to serve and enable others to be open to the possibility of Faith and:
- Live out the Christian message in word and actions.
- Be the spiritual link between students, staff and the church
- Present a positive view of Christianity in relevant, enthusiastic, creative and challenging ways
- Enhance worship
- Provide opportunities where the Christian faith can be discussed and encountered
- Being independent yet still part of the College
- Share the Christian faith with students and staff in appropriate and relevant ways
- Create space to reflect
- Enhance the behavioural support using things like Restorative Justice.
- Enhance the Christian ethos across the whole school
- Be a resource and provide pastoral support
- Journey alongside the College community
- Offer additional pastoral support in times of crisis
- Signpost to other appropriate agencies, including churches for those who are interested
- Encourage staff and students when they require it
- Provide mediation between individuals, the College or home where required
- Build and maintain positive relationships
- Be there and available to listen, support and pray
- Communicate concerns appropriately with the wider Christian community for prayer and support
- Provide additional support during transition
- Resource the College in a variety of different ways
- Empower individual Christians or Christian groups
- Help the College to meet some of their legal requirements (SIAS and other inspections)
- Support Christian education across the curriculum