The role of the Academy Chaplain is wide and varied. I am responsible for overseeing all of the Collective Worship that takes place within the Academy, which includes assemblies and reflections that are delivered in Tutor Groups, as well as other occasional services such as our Christmas Carol Service.
I am part of the team with responsibility for the pastoral care of students so work closely with our wonderful Year Teams. However, I like to think that my role allows me to extend that to other members of our Academy community, for example, staff and parents and carers. I am an Authorised Lay Minister attached to Kingsnorth Church and work closely with members of the clergy from churches in the Ashford Deanery, who visit our Academy regularly and lead Holy Communion services. Parents are welcome to attend these services which usually take place once a term (6 times a year) on a Monday at the end of the Academy day.
There is also a short time of prayer on Thursday mornings at 7.50 am in Room 214 to which all are invited. We welcome students in Year 7 to the Academy Chapel as part of their RE lessons which gives us an opportunity to spend time in that quiet space and also to discuss aspects of the Christian faith. In July 2018, a group of staff and students travelled to South Africa as part of an Urban Saints project to build houses for homeless people. Due to COVID 19, the trip to Mexico scheduled for August 2020 was cancelled.
One of my other roles is to make home visits. I try to visit as many as possible of our Year 6/7 transition students over the summer holiday as well as providing support to families throughout the year. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss any pastoral concerns or would like to meet with me.
With every blessing.
Mr I Rich
Academy Lay Chaplain
On Thursday 20th May, a group of students and I led a short prayer service for the Diocese of Canterbury’s Nine Days of Prayer between Ascension and Pentecost. In previous years a prayer booklet has been produced, sometimes with some art work to reflect on and this is distributed around the Diocese for people’s personal use. This year with the discovery of Zoom a decision was taken to hold a daily online service for each of the nine days.
The Academy was invited to lead one of these services. Please click the link below to view a recording of the service.
The John Wallis Church of England Academy continues to support Ashford Foodbank. If you are able to contribute any tinned vegetables, soup or other long-life food, please donate via the Main Academy Reception.
Ashford Foodbank aims to support those members of our community in temporary crisis.