New Chaplain Appointed

Date: 12th April 2021

St Margaret’s College today announced the appointment of the Reverend Stephanie Clay as the school’s Chaplain.

Stephanie will provide spiritual and wellbeing support for the students, staff and community of St Margaret’s College while maintaining the Christian values and ethos of the College. She joins St Margaret’s from the Anglican Parish of Amberley where she has been vicar for five years. Facilitating positive growth in a holistic way through love, care, compassion and encouragement is something Stephanie feels passionately about and is looking forward to achieving this through worship, relationship building and outreach at St Margaret’s. In addition, running a parish and working in a school environment along with raising three daughters has provided her with an excellent grounding for the role.

Bishop Peter Carrell, who was part of the interview panel for the appointment, commented, “I am delighted the Reverend Stephanie Clay will be the new Chaplain of St Margaret’s College. Stephanie is a popular and much-loved vicar in her current parish in North Canterbury. She has a warm heart, a sharp mind and an easy way of relating to people from all walks of life. She will do a superb job in her new role.”

St Margaret’s College Executive Principal, Diana Patchett, said the role of Chaplain was at the heart of the school. “Our College was founded 111 years ago by Bishop Julius and while the Anglican faith remains at the heart of who we are, the work of the Chaplain far exceeds that of spirituality. It was vital we found someone with good listening skills, who is approachable, open, caring and empathetic and quick to understand the emotional needs of teenage girls, without judgement or preconceived ideas. I have no doubt we have found this person in Stephanie and very much look forward to introducing her to the girls.”

Stephanie will join St Margaret’s College on 19 July 2021.

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