Faith and spirituality

As a Christian School within the Anglican tradition the spiritual life of our students and staff is integral to who we are as a community. At Melbourne Grammar School, we aim to develop within our students the ‘whole person’ which includes the spiritual dimension, which we loosely define as the human search for meaning.

In these difficult times, when the COVID-19 has forced us to isolate ourselves from each other, traditional spiritual practices associated with the Christian faith and other religious traditions can help us find stillness and meaning and give us a sense of hope and comfort.

In this section of the site we will post weekly quotes, prayers, and reflections and suggestions on how to remain peaceful, hopeful, centred and calm.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.
Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.
John 14:27 (NRSV)

Bible Study 2: Calming the Storm

The second in a series of Bible studies sponsored by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, Calming the storm focuses on Mark 4: 35-4. The first Bible study in this series of five was titled Do not be afraid and is also provided in this website.

Do not fear, for I am with you

Each week, a Chapel service is available to Senior School students via webex. This Homily preached by Rev’d Hans Christiansen, Senior Chaplain, in the Chapel of St Peter on Monday 27 July 2020 provides insights into the natural human instinct to fear what we cannot control, and how, by arming ourselves with trust and faith that God is with us, we can find the strength to face an uncertain future.

Practising a Balanced Way of Life during Lockdown 2.0

In this reflection, Rev’d Hans Christiansen, Senior Chaplain acknowledges that the balance and routine we once might have had in our lives has now been significantly altered, and this has impacted on our feelings. “In such times the best thing for us to do, at least sometimes, is to accept how we feel and make room for those feelings,” he says. Rev’d Christiansen also highlights some pragmatic steps individuals and families might take to redress imbalances and improve wellbeing.

A Prayer for the time of COVID-19 from the Mothers’ Union

This prayer forms part of a series of Bible studies sponsored by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, under the heading “Faith in the Time of Coronavirus”.

Bible Study 1: Do not be afraid

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has sponsored some timely Bible studies under the heading “Faith in the Time of Coronavirus”. There are five in total, each with a short passage from the Bible, some reflective comments, a few thought provoking questions and a prayer. This is the first. Archbishop Welby writes: “I pray that through these encouraging Bible studies, we will find comfort, strength and inspiration from God’s word, and be empowered by the spirit to share that comfort and grace in these difficult times.”

Off-Campus Learning

This page provides a list of resources for students and parents designed to assist with off-campus learning.

Health and Wellbeing

This section includes resources which are aimed at helping students, staff and other members of the community take care of themselves and each other.  

Top Five

Here you'd find some ideas to make you smile, move, sing, cook, exercise, learn and more.  Five ideas on diverse topics, and more to come. Enjoy!

Faith and Spirituality

Ideas about how faith and spirituality can support you in these troubling times can be found here.