Queen’s College is a Methodist School and a member of the Methodist Schools’ Group. We have a caring, Christian ethos and are immensely proud of our cheerful, friendly and courteous pupils who support each other and contribute hugely to the life of the school. The Methodist Church is engaged in education as part of its Christian mission in the world and schools in the group aim to extend the Methodist ethos and character and contribute to diversity in education.
The School’s aims are as follows:
Here at Queen’s College we have a full-time Chaplain who represents the wider church and has a responsibility for developing the Methodist tradition and ethos. Alongside the College Leadership Group, the Chaplain’s role is to develop a stimulating and compassionate school community in which individuals are cared for and where qualities such as honesty, tolerance, understanding and commitment are encouraged.
The Chaplain leads the school in worship weekly during the term. Senior assemblies include a thought for the day, prayers and hymns and are open to all faiths. In addition, the Chaplain also arranges the annual Remembrance Service, Carol Service at Temple Methodist Church and the Founders’ Day Service on Speech Day. Although these services take the form of a Christian act of worship they are not denominationally based. The boarding community at Queen’s worship together once a week and give an opportunity for students and staff to stop and reflect.
The Chaplain also teaches Religious Studies, arranges confirmation classes and has a supporting role when it comes to pastoral care. He is always available for a quiet chat, cup of coffee and support when needed.
Queen’s College also has a quiet room for pupils to go and be still for a while amongst the busy activity of the day. It is a place to go when the pressures of the day are a little too much, or somewhere to quietly sit either by oneself or with a small group.
The Chaplain is also responsible for the charity programme at Queen’s College and recent charities the school has supported include School Bags for South Africa and the RNLI raising money with own clothes days. However, Queen’s main charity programme currently is to raise funds for a children’s nourishment clinic in Marakissa in the Gambia. The whole school took part in a 5km fun run which raised £10,000 and over the Easter holidays, a group of pupils and staff journeyed to Africa to help complete the clinic and visit our sister school.
The annual visit to Africa is a memorable one for our Sixth Formers as it is often the first time they have seen real poverty and health and safety issues close at hand and the trip is an experience that lasts throughout their lives. Queen’s College has a link with the Brikama Methodist Academy and the two schools share cultural and educational issues. Queen’s College pupils have also helped provide funds for a computer and library facility and took out laptops when they visited last year.
As a member of the Methodist Schools’ Group, Queen’s College is also involved in World AIMS – a partnership between Methodist Education and Methodist Relief and Development Fund (MRDF), on behalf of the Methodist Church. Students are encouraged to take part in World AIMS initiatives where they look at issues from a global perspective, reflect on their role as a global citizen, promote issues of justice, diversity and sustainability and contribute to wider community issues. Recent initiatives included Sixth Formers attending the World AIMS weekend at Barton Camp with other schools which focused on global issues such as poverty, fair trade and employment.
In addition, Queen's College takes part in Model United Nations and runs Fairtrade cake sales and an annual cultural evening which each year focuses on a different country.