The Chapel of St Mark at the entrance to the campus is a prominent reminder that Hale is an Anglican school. Yet Hale School is accepting of all faiths, sharing an understanding of different religions and cultural beliefs through Religious and Values Education classes.
Hale was founded by Bishop Matthew Blagden Hale and continues his Christian values. Our Chaplains advocate, support and develop our Anglican identity within the school community.
All Hale students attend chapel services as part of their regular timetable, doing so in year levels about four times a term. We see Chapel as a community activity first and foremost, and all students are part of the Hale community.
Our School Chaplain, the Reverend Eleanor O’Donnell, sees her role as helping to create a culture of belonging and acceptance within an Anglican framework.
The Chapel of St Mark is also available to Old Haleians and their children for baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals by arrangement with the Chaplain.
The Hale community is warmly invited to attend our Family Chapel Services twice a term. They generally begin at 5.00pm and those gathered are welcome to join us for dinner in the Dining Hall after the service.
I see the key component of being Chaplain to Hale as providing an open and inclusive version of Anglican Christianity in which we can each find a collective home, while understanding and respecting a whole range of faith traditions and non-religious world views.
The Reverend Eleanor O’Donnell, School Chaplain