A Catholic Academy
At St Matthew Academy, the Catholic faith of students is developed through the work of an active Chaplaincy team; through prayer and through focus events to develop spirituality and faith growth. The Academy ethos stresses the unique value of each individual and develops in our students respect for all faiths.
Chaplaincy at St Matthew Academy
The Catholic Christian ethos of the Academy is owned by all its members; Chaplaincy’s role is to support, nurture and facilitate the Academy’s distinctive Christian nature and assist the whole school community to grow in relationship with God. Chaplaincy provides spiritual support and leadership for all members of the Academy community through pastoral care and prayer and worship.
The Chaplaincy Team are guided in all their activities by Christ’s loving example - Lay Chaplaincy in education is a service in the name of Christ to bring his love, care and presence to all. Supported by Monsignor Rothon, Fr Michael Branch and Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chaplaincy makes provision for liturgical celebration and offers ‘open door’ pastoral support to children and staff across the Academy.
Jane Roberts, Senior Lay Chaplain
Jane is the Senior Lay Chaplain at St Matthew Academy and responsible for leading policy and practice and coordinating all Chaplaincy activities.
Gill Sullivan, Assistant Lay Chaplain
Gill assists all aspects of Chaplaincy provision at SMA with particular support to the Primary phase.
Hannah Keenaghan, Youth Chaplain
Hannah, 2011-12 Head Girl at SMA, continues her academic studies at Christ the King whilst also providing mentoring and support to students at SMA and assisting Chaplaincy provision across the Academy.
Volunteering at SMA Chaplaincy – we are always delighted to support anyone interested in Lay Chaplaincy and currently have a volunteer working with us one morning a week to support her journey of discernment.
Chaplaincy at SMA provides a listening ear and a presence outside the normal constraints of timetables and schedules. Chaplaincy also exists to help guide St Matthew Academy towards reaching its fullest potential as a Catholic school; this includes not only providing a presence but also bearing witness to the place of Christ in a modern education system.
You can find out more about our activities here