It was a pleasure to host Bishop Rob at Wren Academy Finchley on the morning of Thursday 18 November for the licencing of Mrs Naomi Bolster as Chaplain. Bishop Rob spoke to the Secondary Phase students about the importance of Chaplaincy before we prayed for Naomi in her new role. After a tour of the Academy, Bishop Rob then joined the Primary Phase and who again prayed for Naomi.

Naomi has worked with children and young people for over 20 years. This has included working in a variety of school contexts and volunteer work in local churches. She was brought up in a Church of England church, but has also been a member of other churches during her adult life. She now attends her local Church of England church, where she is involved in children’s ministry and all-age services.

Naomi trained as a teacher of Religious Education at Roehampton University and taught at a large secondary school in London before spending a year overseas teaching in an International School. After returning to the UK Naomi taught Religious Education before making the move into school Chaplaincy.

Naomi has a degree in Theology, a PGCE in Secondary Education and a Master’s degree in Systematic and Philosophical Theology.

Naomi is a member of the leadership team and works across all phases of the Academy.  Naomi’s role has four main areas of focus:

  • Developing Wren’s worship and prayer: ensuring that worship and prayer experienced by students and staff through assemblies, tutorial groups and special celebrations is engaging, reverent and transformational.
  • Offering pastoral support: praying for the academy community and being available to offer counselling for those in need of support.
  • Enabling spiritual formation: developing occasions for students to engage more deeply with issues of faith within and beyond the curriculum, and making sure there is opportunity to grow in Christian discipleship.
  • Growing our Christian vision: supporting colleagues in ensuring that the Christian vision runs throughout Wren Academy life, including our daily interactions, curriculum and policies.

Discover more about Wren Finchley here.
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