19th November 2021 — This term, we are very pleased to have welcome Reverend Antony Wilson as our new Chaplain, working across Grimsdell, Belmont, Mill Hill School and Mill Hill International.
We spoke to Reverend Wilson to welcome him to our Foundation community, and to find out a bit more about him!
What were you doing before you joined The Foundation?
‘I was working as a Church of England Vicar in two parishes in north Essex and a part time Chaplain to 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment (a role which I will continue).’
What does the role of Foundation Chaplain entail?
‘I’m here to support pupils and staff across The Foundation, those of all faiths and no faith – basically you don’t need to be religious to come and chat! I also have responsibility for leading Chapel in all our schools and that’s a time when we gather and explore our spirituality. The Chapel is the heart of the school and a place of connection with each other, of comfort and of even of challenge as we explore what it means to live well together.’
What have been your first impressions of The Foundation, in three words?
‘Purposeful, fun and kind.’
Why do you think the role of Chaplain is so important?
‘Because we all at times need to find a safe space where we can be listened to and share our burdens, and because we all have a spiritual side that needs to be nurtured.’
What are you most looking forward to about taking on the role of Foundation Chaplain?
‘Getting to know everyone, helping to make a difference, teaching and enjoying the delicious food.’
And finally, can you tell us something we might not know about you?
‘My favourite recent TV box set was ‘Man in the High Castle’, my favourite way to relax is sailing, and my favourite food is curry!’