A message from Mrs Ross Russell, the Chaplaincy Coordinator:
Welcome to St Francis Xavier! Thank you for choosing to come to our school. As a joint Roman Catholic and Church of England Secondary School, we know we are a little bit different to other schools in our area, and we believe that it is our Christian ethos, and the Gospel values that we hold which help to make us different. Our Christian ethos of ‘Love of God and Love of neighbour’ runs through everything we do at SFX, and we hope that staff and students at our school feel they are loved and valued as a result.
During your time at St Francis Xavier you will have the chance to explore the Christian faith, to ask questions, and to work out what it is that you believe. As well as excellent teaching in RE, you will have a retreat day each year to help you with this. Each Year group celebrates communion together, at both a Roman Catholic Mass and a Church of England Eucharist. The joint nature of our school really encourages us to celebrate our shared Christian values and teaches us so much about tolerance and understanding for one another. We come together as a whole school community to celebrate our Feast Day, Christmas, Easter and the end of our school year. You will have a chance to help shape these celebrations as part of our Chaplaincy Team if you would like to.
Our Chapel is at the heart of the school, just above our main entrance and next to our RE classrooms. Our Chapel is a special place, open to staff and students at all times. It is a place of refuge if you need somewhere quiet if things get too much, or to see our School Chaplain if you need someone to talk to, it is also a place to meet with friends at break of lunch time, and the place come to take part in our weekly liturgy or lunchtime clubs.
Hello, my name is Mrs Ross Russell and I am the school Chaplaincy Coordinator at SFX. I have been at our school for 6 years and have always loved my job. I have had some exciting adventures in my time at school, taking students on Pilgrimages to Lourdes and on a mission trip out to Moldova. You can find me in the Chapel at break times or in my office next to the Chapel. I am really looking forward to meeting our new Year 7 when you come to join us in September.