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Spiritual Awareness

Churchie is a Christian school owned by the Corporation of the Synod of the Diocese of Brisbane as well as a school of the Anglican Church of Australia.  

Spirituality is the underpinning tenet of Churchie life that ultimately seeks to develop empathy and respect for others while exploring faith and self-awareness. The Canon Jones Memorial Chapel stands at the heart of the school and is an enduring symbol of the central role faith plays in our life. True to our Anglican traditions and values, we encourage an openness and tolerance of the faith and beliefs of others.

Religious Education

Following in the footsteps of our founder, Canon Morris, and guided by our four tenets, religious education at Churchie aims to develop each boy’s spiritual awareness. The Anglican Church considers spiritual awareness to be a balance of scripture, reason, tradition and experience. Religious education, chapel service and other special services expose the boys to spirituality. 

Along with chapel (heart and soul) and service (strength), the subject provides a balanced approach to the school’s tenet of spiritual awareness. Churchie is aware of the importance of both learning about Christianity and learning from Christianity as well as other religions as expressed by the Anglican Schools Commission. While different units have varying emphases, there is an overall balance between academic and reflective engagement with the subject area.

Archbishop's message to Anglican schools

Churchie’s chaplains conduct regular chapel worship and contribute to the Religious Education programme. Chapel worship for all students is a regular occurrence and special services are conducted for boarders and other groups in the Churchie community. Many school events begin or end with a prayer or reflection, often led by students and staff.

The Chaplains prepare boys for Baptism, Admission to Holy Communion and Confirmation is offered at the appropriate stages in faith development.

Many Churchie Old Boys place special significance on the Chapel. Throughout the year, there are many weddings, baptisms and funerals held on campus.

The chaplains are active members of the pastoral care network and are available on request to boys and families for counselling and support at any time. Churchie’s vibrant pastoral care programme is supported by the house system, offering a sense of belonging to all boys.

Cathedral Choristers

The Cathedral Chorister programme offers an excellent opportunity for boys to explore and be a part of a longstanding tradition of choral music in the Anglican Church. The programme is a joint initiative of Churchie and St John's Cathedral, Brisbane. It is open to boys from Year 5 who show an interest in music and who wish to become members of the cathedral choristers. The choristers receive a scholarship, which encompasses part-tuition fees, up to Year 8, as well as quality music tutoring. In return, choristers commit to singing at cathedral services and other events representing the school and St John's Cathedral.