The school Chaplain is The Reverend Julie Bowen, an ordained priest in the Church of England.
The Chaplain’s main responsibility is the spiritual well-being of the school community – staff, students and families. Among other things this means being available on demand for any pastoral care and guidance, with a particular emphasis on providing a Christian perspective.
A weekly service of Holy Communion is held every Wednesday at 8.40am, which all members of the school may attend as an alternative to normal registration and assembly. Music is led by our Chapel Choir and conducted by a sixth form student. Special days such as Harvest Festival and Remembrance are celebrated with extended services. Every term ends with a whole school service in the Great Hall.
Students of all ages can be prepared for Confirmation and/or Baptism. Preparation can be offered at a mutually acceptable time and the Service of Confirmation/Baptism can be accessed as part of the local church, either to school or to where you live. Please contact the Chaplain for further details. Alongside this is the opportunity for discussion and help as part of a group or on a 1:1 basis with the Chaplain. Each half term a parent's/carers' prayer meeting is held details of which are circulated via In Touch.
The Chaplain prepares Assembly themes and Bible readings based around the Church of England Vision for Education and addresses the whole school every week in Friday morning assembly. These themes are also accessed in classrooms through the “Thought for the Week” presentation also available on this website here:
The Chaplain also co-ordinates the St. Olave’s community volunteering scheme known as the Le Chavetois Society, and leads an annual Chapel weekend away to Carroty Wood Christian Centre near Tonbridge.
The Chaplain is based part-time at St. Olave’s and will otherwise be at St Andrew's Bromley. She is usually in school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and can be contacted at other times on 07775 674503.
Reverend Julie Bowen - ChaplainEmail Rev. Bowen (at School)
St. Olave’s is a Church of England school and a multi-faith community. Our Christian values are deeply embedded in the daily life of the school.
Our School Prayer
Help us through our duty to you
To love our neighbour,
To care for others,
To do our best for and in school,
To work for the common good of our community,
And to care for ourselves as we serve you.