Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life"
The Chaplaincy at Virgo Fidelis Convent Senior School seeks to contribute to the development of an environment in which all members of the school community encounter God and the Church. Our work is to seek out opportunities for this in all aspects of school life. It is our aim that the expression of the Roman Catholic tradition within the school is a positive experience.
Prayer is at the heart of the life of our school. As a Roman Catholic school in the Diocese of Southwark, we celebrate together the God who has called us into being and who continues to give us life.
Mass is celebrated by the whole school in the Church and by individual classes in the school Chapel throughout the year. We also pray for the school and all of its students and staff, as well as the needs of the world, every evening in the Convent Chapel.
Staff and students are able to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas and Easter. Year 7 and 8 students are given an opportunity to spend half a day in retreat in the Convent chapel. Once a week a group of Sixth Formers come together during lunch break to discuss and share faith experience.
Any student who would like to meet with the Chaplain individually to discuss prayer or talk through her faith is most welcome.
Counselling, Support and Inclusion
Counselling is available to students requiring confidential help and advice. This is provided by our own in-house counsellor.
We also have a dedicated member of staff who provides learning support. Assessment and guidance will be given to those students requiring additional support to meet the demands of coursework requirements and external examinations. In addition, consideration will be given, where appropriate, to any special examination arrangements, within the guidelines of the relevant Examination Boards.
Careers Guidance and University Entrance (UCAS)
Students receive advice on careers, further courses and progression to university from their Form Tutors, the Careers Co-ordinator and Connexions via individual discussions and group sessions. The school also organises workshops with input from experts in the area of careers to give detailed and targeted information to our Sixth Formers and thus allow them to make informed choices about their future. All students attend the Higher Education and Careers Convention organised by Connexions.
We work closely with several universities whose Liaison Officers come into school to offer mock interviews, lead group sessions and give presentations on specific topics to ensure that students fully understand the application process and a smooth transition is secured.