‘The man who has no
inner life is the slave of his surroundings.’ Henri Frederic Amiel
Our Chapel is the
spiritual centre of the school, and the Chaplain is spiritual director to the
entire community. The Chapel is often at the core of people's memories of the
school when they leave, and the place they come back to first when they return
to visit. There is a main Chapel service on a Sunday and a short gathering
mid-week for each year group.
Those of other faiths or denominations may choose
to attend their own Church on Sundays and whenever possible, worship or
instruction in their own faith is arranged. Pupils who follow other religions
may request to be absent from Chapel services if they wish, but the vast majority
of those from other faiths do attend Chapel.
In light of Amiel’s
remark, we challenge the girls and boys here to look inside themselves
and find what they seek within. Humans are spiritual beings and if our students
understand what this really means and are content spiritually, their lives will
be more fulfilling and fulfilled in the long term. They will come to know
spirituality will mean a religious faith, growing through their involvement in
the religious life of the school, which underpins our ethos but is quietly
present. Others will have a spiritual dimension to their lives without any
religious belief. While a Christian school in practice, we believe the children
should make up their own minds on the issue of faith, and we respect and
support their choice without fear or favour.
The values of Christianity - upon which our whole society is built and
continues to operate - are the foundation of Wellington and are immensely
important to us as a school community, still providing the framework for our
daily lives. Wellington is a royal and religious foundation and we are a Church
of England school. All pupils receive religious education in the classroom and
preparation for Confirmation is offered to all who wish it.
However, we welcome
children of all faiths - or no faith - and we teach on all major world
religions. We host a Jewish Society and a fledgling Islamic Society is in
formation. We also enable dietary
laws and certain other customs to be followed.