Junior School Chapel

Philosophy and Goals

Chapel Philosophy

Our school overflows with the stuff of life: academic, artistic and physical opportunities. In the midst of all this activity, Chapel offers an intentional pause so that students can reflect on what a meaningful life truly entails.

In Chapel, we catch our breath and remind ourselves of who we are now and who we feel we should become. We ponder our relationships with those in our immediate community and with our neighbours around the world. We talk about justice, leadership, character and belief. It is where we remind ourselves of our vision as a community and the pillars that we strive to uphold.

Our hope is not to conform to any one person’s thought, but to explore and clarify our own understandings of life’s purpose.

Chapel is grounded in the Christian tradition, embracing its most inclusive principles so that our program is open to the wisdom and practice of other faiths and philosophies. A single service might include a Jewish story coupled with a Sikh prayer, followed by a Christian hymn. Our focus is on vision and values, rather than a particular doctrinal approach.

Junior School Chapel Services

Every Monday morning, a chapel service is held in the gym. Along with students and teachers, parents are always welcome to attend.

Chapel time is centred around a story, usually connected to the virtue we are focusing on that month. We invite children to be mindful of their breathing, and to take three breaths as a group before one of them lights the candle. We sing hymns and share prayers. After the story, we often ask students to identify which virtues stood out for them. The service closes with three more collective breaths; we extinguish the candle and begin our day with an invigorating sense of purpose and well-being.