Welcome to the Chaplaincy & Christian Ethos page for Trinity School.
The Chaplaincy provision is for the whole school community - Prep Lodge, Prep and Senior School and includes pupils, staff and parents both past and present. It is led by Rev'd Jonathon Ross-McNairn (pictured) who is Trinity's first full time Anglican Chaplain.
Revd Jonathon practised for ten years as a commercial property solicitor in the City of London before being ordained in 2011. He has chaplaincy experience in prisons, hospitals and schools and of the Alpha course in a range of contexts. He is married with four young sons. Revd Jonathon is an Assistant DDO (Diocesan Director of Ordinands) for Exeter Diocese and co-edited/authored 'Being a Curate' (SPCK 2014). His interests are varied and include reading and writing theology, cooking, fitness and he is currently learning to play the acoustic guitar.
"Since 2014, the school has employed a full-time chaplain, a C of E priest. As well as formal celebrations, chapel and assemblies, his role includes the pastoral care of pupils and staff. He also teaches PE and looks after the boarders a few nights a week; he is keen to get to know eveyone. He is also keen that the school becomes a part of the local community and that pupils 'don't live in a bubble.' He encourages them to 'look outward' and participate in local charitable events. Pupils we spoke to were happy with the school's approach to religion and said 'it's not pushed, it's a way of life' at Trinity." Good Schools Guide 2016
Rev'd Jonathon is assisted by a Chaplaincy team drawn from within the school and the local community.
"At Trinity School we value every person regarding them as uniquely created and loved by God. We seek to provide an environment and opportunities where everyone can explore what this means, primarily discovering the gifts that God has given them within a safe and happy environment. It also means that if pupils wish they can both question Christianity as well as grow in their faith through the many Christian activities , both formal and informal, that Trinity School provides." Revd Jonathon
Trinity School places great value on the work of the Chaplaincy having a full time Chaplain who oversees the chaplaincy work in all parts of the school. The Chaplain and Chaplaincy team work to give all pupils the opportunity to explore the Christian faith as well as being another strand in the pastoral support of pupils.
If pupils so wish there are many opportunities at Trinity School for pupils to explore what it means to be a Christian and to grow in their faith. Either through the programme of Chapel services and assemblies, form tutorial time, the Church of England Confirmation course and various Chaplaincy initiatives and projects centred around the times and seasons of the Christian Calendar. Revd Jonathon also regularly invites guest speakers to address the school community through the programme of Chapel services.
Whether you are a Christian or not Trinity School's Christian ethos and values are central to its identity and to the life of the school community.
Should you wish to get in touch please feel free to contact Rev'd Jonathon. His contact details are as follows:
Rev'd Jonathon Ross-McNairn
Mobile: +44 7920 489 207
Confirmation in the Church of England is a moment of great celebration as candidates publically affirm their Christian faith.
The Chaplain every year invites pupils to come forward for Confirmation into full membership of the Church of England.
Confirmation marks a point in the Christian journey at which candidates affirm for themselves the Christian faith into which they have been baptized and their intention to live a life of committed discipleship.
This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming Bishop (either the Bishop of Exeter, pictured, or the Bishop of Crediton) in a special Confirmation Service which may be held at Trinity School or one of the local Anglican Churches once in each year.
It is therefore important for candidates to prepare well so that they may embrace this moment in their life with a deeper understanding and knowledge of their faith and the Church of England.
The Chaplain leads a Confirmation course each year for candidtates and seeks to prayerfully guide and encourage pupils in their preparation for Confirmation.
If you are interested in being Confirmed please feel free to speak to the Chaplain.