Gort Community has the services of a full-time School Chaplain. The role of Chaplain is rooted in Gospel values; is offered
inclusively to the whole school community and aims to promote human flourishing so that all may attain their potential. It
upholds the principle of respect for the diversity of values, beliefs and traditions of all.

Role of Chaplain
The Chaplain is involved in accompanying the school community; staff, students, families, walking with them on a shared
journey, being totally present to them and investing time and energy into building relationships. Chaplaincy is a constant in
school, a permanent and almost unchanging presence.

The role of the Chaplain is wide and varied and involves teaching religious education, meeting students on an individual
basis, organising liturgies and prayers and participating in activities which relate to the well-being and development of the
school community.

The Chaplain responds to the spiritual and religious needs of the students and the whole school community, while respecting
the religious and personal convictions of all. The School Chaplain ensures the Mission Statement of Gort Community School,
finds expression through prayer and liturgy throughout the academic year. This expression includes: Beginning of the Year
School Blessing, Christmas Mass, Graduation Mass, Meditation, Advent, Lenten and November Remembrance Services and
Retreats. The Chaplain works in collaboration with the Religious Education Department and the local Parish Community and
through this, is supported in fostering the liturgical life of the school.

The Chaplain creates a safe space of support when it is needed, offering time to listen, to encourage, to reflect, and at times
to simply “be”. The Chaplain is present, within a faith context to students, staff and parents/guardians when they need to
share their worries, concerns and troubles with someone in confidence. When necessary, the Chaplain will liaise with
parents/guardians and recognise when a student needs to be referred on to another professional. In individual meetings with
the Chaplain, the confidentiality rule is followed in accordance with Child Protection Guidelines. Confidentiality is observed
except in cases where a person or persons are at risk.

The Chaplain works closely with School Management, Guidance Counsellors, Year heads, Tutors, Class Teachers and
Learning Support Teachers to promote a harmonious school environment for the well-being of all its members. The Chaplain
as a member of the Pastoral Care Team is committed to the well-being and care of all in the school community.