Chapel of the Annunciation

PHOTO: The Chapel of the Annunciation

The importance of the Chapel in the life of the School

Canberra Girls Grammar School (CGGS) is a Christian community which upholds the values, traditions and teachings of the Anglican Church. We believe in nurturing and developing the whole person, with spirituality being an integral part of each individual. We welcome students from all faith backgrounds and seek to foster an inclusive spiritual environment where each student is valued as a unique individual and encouraged to discover their true self.

The significance and range of Chapel services for students in the ELC, Junior School and Senior School

The Chapel of the Annunciation is our centre of worship, encouragement, learning and faith exploration. Chapel services provide an opportunity for people to celebrate faith and fellowship. They also provide the opportunity for all students, whether or not they live by a particular faith belief system, to experience societal expectations of respect for sacred space and sacred rituals.

The Chapel worship is contextual and varied, depending on whether it occurs in the ELC, the Junior School or the Senior School. ELC students experience worship in their classrooms. Student leadership is central to the enabling of inspiring and empowered worship. Students are encouraged to create positive worship experiences for their peers and develop liturgical leadership skills that are an asset to the wider Christian community. In the Junior School, Year 2 for Prep-Yr 2 Chapel) and Year 6 (for Yr 3 –Yr 6 Chapel) students assist with Chapel leadership. In the Senior School all tutor groups assist with the planning and leadership of House Chapels. They are supported in this liturgical leadership by the Chaplain, Chapel Captains, Heads of House, and their House Tutors. Students take on this role as worship leaders with great enthusiasm, an awareness of the responsibility they have. They deliver powerful, life-changing liturgies. The Senior School Chapel Captains and the Emily Service Captain also assist with the planning and leadership of the Senior School Whole School Chapels services which occur approximately every 3 weeks.

The Gabriel Singers, Bella Voce Chapel Choir, Cantantes, Minisingers, and instrumentalists in both the Junior School and Senior School, and the Music staff, all work together to ensure that the worship is uplifting and allows an amazing “God connection” in the worship services.

In the Senior School, our Multi-faith Prayer Room is open for the use of students of all faiths. It is open every morning at 8.00am until 8.50am, during recess and every lunchtime. The multi-faith prayer room is located at the back of the Chapel. Students can also access the Lady Chapel for personal prayer and reflection.

School Chapel Services

ELC

Services are held on Monday and Wednesday mornings.

Junior School

Services are held on Fridays with the Junior Primary Chapel (Prep – Year 2) at 1.00pm and the Senior Primary Chapel (Year 3 – Year 6) at 2.15pm.

Senior School
House Services During Tutor Group at 11.10am
Kilburn Wednesday (Day 3)
Burgmann Thursday (Day 4)
Deakin Friday (Day 5)
Waverley Wednesday (Day 8)
Glebe Thursday (Day 9)
Robertson Friday (Day 10)
Holy Communion Services Once every term during the Whole School Chapel time

Family and Friends' Chapel Services

Family and Friends' Chapel Services are for the School and wider community.

Dates for 2021 as follows:

Term 1 – Journey through Holy Week & Easter featuring the Junior School Choirs Sunday, 28 March at 5.00pm. Please book at this link to attend the service.
Term 2 - Founders Day Holy Communion Saturday, May 1 at 10.00 am and 11.15am
Term 3 – St Francis and the Blessing of Animals Sunday, 29 August at 5.00pm
Term 4 - Family & Friends' Carol Service Sunday, 28 November at 5.00pm

Other Aspects

The Chaplain guides the spiritual and liturgical life of the School and provides pastoral care and support to the whole school community.

The Chapel of the Annunciation is available for Pastoral Services for Students and their families, for Staff and for Grammarians. Please read the Chapel use policy before making an enquiry. Please direct inquiries regarding Baptism, Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals to the Chaplain at chaplain@cggs.act.edu.au.