The Role Of The Chaplain
The school has a full-time chaplain, who is an ordained and licensed priest of the Anglican Church and falls within the authority structure of the School, which is under the authority of the Bishop of Johannesburg.
Amongst other things, the chaplain has special responsibility for:
- The pastoral care of all members of the school community;
- The liturgical and public worship life of the school;
- Christian nurture and formation within the school in teaching Divinity or Religious Education.
The Divinity Curriculum
All pupils at the school, from junior school to college, have an opportunity to receive divinity lessons (religious education).
The Divinity curriculum at Bishop Bavin covers a wide variety of themes, but mainly Christian education which includes worship, spirituality, Biblical studies and morality.
Lessons are conducted in such a way that respect is shown to the diversity of belief and background of the children.
Religion At Bishop Bavin School
We have many opportunities to come together in chapel. Some are in our regular services, others in the special services of our Church Calendar like Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Easter Sunday, Ascension Day, Pentecost and Corpus Christi.
Still other services focus specifically on the life of our school: Matric Mass and Grade 8 & New Learners Bell Ceremony, St. Francis Day with the Blessing of the Pets and our Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The Matriculants’ year ends with a Valedictory Service in the Morgan Ellis Centre.
This is a moving service as the students, now young men and women on the threshold of their lives, prepare to leave Bishop Bavin after a number of years at the school. This is a real privilege that this farewell takes place in the context of a church service as the school community commits them to God’s care as they leave and go into the world to continue their lives.
Milestones In The Journey Of Faith
Each year pupils who have come to faith are offered an opportunity to be Baptized or admitted to Holy Communion and the older ones make public their confession of faith at Confirmation, which takes place towards the end of the year, where the Bishop of Johannesburg presides at the service. Instructions for these sacraments will be given during school time.
Baptism is the first step in a lifelong journey of Christian commitment and discipleship. In Baptism we enter into salvation and are made members of the Christian Church. In the Anglican Church it is common to baptize young children; this is sometimes known as christening.
Children are baptized on the understanding that they will be brought up as Christians within the family of the church. Admission of Baptized Children to Holy Communion In the Anglican Church, children who have been baptized but who have not yet reached the age of confirmation may be admitted to Holy Communion after due instruction and preparation. The minimum age for Admission to Holy Communion in the Diocese of Johannesburg is 7 years.
Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey where those who have been baptized as children make a personal, firm commitment to Christ as disciples. Through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop, the Church asks God to give those being confirmed power, through the Holy Spirit, to live the life of discipleship.
Candidates for Confirmation must be at least 16 years of age, and involved in the worshipping life of a church community on a regular basis. These milestones are signs of a growing faith in the life of the pupil.
If you wish your child to be either Baptized, admitted to Holy Communion or Confirmed, please download and fill in the application form. Return it to the School Chaplain as soon as possible. If you have any queries, please feel free to contact the chaplain, Fr Naidoo.