St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina
The school with a warm welcome, a caring heart & a guarantee of excellence

Chaplaincy

Chaplaincy

School Chaplain: Joanne Cullen

“The Chaplain, as a faith presence, committed to the values of Christ, and on behalf of the church and school communities, accompanies each person on the journey through life.”

My role here in the school is pastoral one. It is my responsibility it to be a faith presence in the school and to recognise where students are at. Our school ethos is Christian and it is important that we continue to promote the Christian message in all aspects of our work here. Faith development opportunities are considered very important for our students.

My objectives are to …

…to be of service to students, teachers, staff, parents,

Management of the school and the wider community through:

  • Prayer
  • Active Listening
  • Accompaniment
  • One-to-one sessions
  • Celebration of Key Times and Moments
  • Recognition and Celebration of the Liturgical Calendar

As Chaplain I try …

  • To animate the spiritual, religious and liturgical life of the school
  • To be sensitive to the needs of all
  • To be caring and open-minded
  • To witness and support
  • To support the Pastoral Care structures of the school
  • To be visible and approachable
  • To help students to recognise God’s love for them and their need for God in their lives
  • To establish, develop and maintain good relationships with all members of the School Community
  • To be a friend to those in need
  • To work with the Religion team in providing resources for prayer, worship & liturgies
  • To work with the Religion team in organising retreats / days of reflection
  • To develop links with local parishes / religious leaders and members of the wider community
  • To provide spiritual guidance for staff
  • To visit homes / hospitals where appropriate
  • To be available to parents
  • To support the bereaved
  • Minority Groups.

In recognition of our ethos and Faith Formation Policy, all students are welcomed and respected. Care is given to respect the faith(s) of all students-Christian and non-Christian.

I am happy to discuss an individual student’s spiritual /religious need with the student and/or their parents.

Pastoral Care (during school hours) pastoralcare@stmarysballina.ie

Links to helpful websites

Events
Jan
31 2019
Enrolment / Open Night
Feb
04 2019
Mock Examinations (3rd & 6th years)
Feb
04 2019
Term Assessments (1st, 2nd & 5th years)
Feb
04 2019
TY Work Experience
22-Jan-2019
St Mary’s Secondary School Ballina welcomes 6th Class Students and their Parents/Guardians to an Open Night /Enrolment
16-Jan-2019
Links to upcoming examinations
09-Jan-2019
Congratulations to cousins Leah Hannon (2nd year) and Lauren Tuffy (TY), who qualified for the BT Young Scientist competition!
09-Jan-2019
Congratulations to our U16 Basketball team who beat Colaiste Pobal Setanta in the Cup Semi Final in NUIG yesterday!
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St. Mary's Secondary School
Convent Hill
Ballina
Co. Mayo
Ireland
F26 R928

353 96 70333

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