Middle 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.

Middle School Structure

Every Tuesday morning, the Middle School community gathers in the Chapel. The time is centred around a story, which is often chosen to reflect a current event in Middle School life.

The students are invited to be mindful of their breathing, taking three breaths as a group before a student lights the candle. We sing hymns and share prayers that rotate between the Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Islamic, Sikh and Taoist traditions. 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.

There is a Middle School Chapel team that meets once a week with Reverend Fletcher and provides him with the feedback he needs to make sure Chapel is relevant and effective as a school program. The Chapel team also hosts at least one Chapel service each term, and these events are always alive with energy and good humour.