College Chaplain


Joy is a profound and multifaceted experience that transcends the simple, fleeting happiness we often seek in our day-to-day lives. As a school chaplain, I have witnessed how joy manifests in various forms within the school community, especially as we approach the school holidays—a time that often brings a unique blend of anticipation, reflection, and togetherness.

At its core, joy is a deeply spiritual experience. It arises from a sense of connection: to oneself, to others, and to something greater. In the school environment, joy can be seen in the camaraderie among students, the dedication of teachers, and the supportive nature of the entire school community. It is the light in a student's eyes when they grasp a challenging concept, the laughter shared during recess, and the collective excitement as the holidays draw near.

The school holidays are a particularly poignant time to reflect on and cultivate joy. For many students and staff, this period offers a much-needed respite from the rigors of academic life. It is a time for rest, renewal, and the rekindling of familial bonds. Families come together, sharing meals, stories, and experiences that create lasting memories. This season of togetherness is a fertile ground for joy to flourish.

Family plays a pivotal role in nurturing joy. The unconditional love and support found within a family unit can provide a strong foundation for a joyful life. During the holidays, the presence of family can be especially comforting and uplifting. Whether it’s engaging in holiday traditions, embarking on a vacation, or simply enjoying each other's company, these moments of connection are where joy thrives.

As a chaplain, I encourage students and their families to be mindful of these opportunities for joy. Embrace the simple pleasures—whether it’s a walk in the park, a shared meal, or a heartfelt conversation. Recognize the beauty in everyday moments and be grateful for the time spent together. Joy, after all, is not just found in grand celebrations, but in the quiet, cherished moments of life.

In this season of school holidays, let us all take the time to pause, reflect and embrace the joy that comes from being with loved ones. May we carry this joy with us, not just during the holidays, but throughout the year, as a source of strength and inspiration in all we do.

Andre Whitton