Kia ora katoa.
As the new School Chaplain at Woodford House, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I started this role at the beginning of Term 2 and I am loving my time so far.
I grew up in South Waikato and trained as a Primary School teacher at Hamilton Teachers College and Waikato University. Since I was a teenager, I have been involved in one way or another in youth ministry in the Anglican Church and after meeting my now husband, Bishop Andrew Hedge, we moved to Auckland so Andrew could attend St John’s Theological College and become a priest. Andrew was Chaplain at Kings School in Auckland for eight years. We lived on site with our three young children at Kings School and I was involved in Children’s Ministry at our Church and sometimes took Religious Education classes for Andrew at school.
We then moved to Cambridge where Andrew became the Vicar of St Andrews Parish. I led Sunday School, helped with the youth group and worked as a specialist teacher at the local primary school, working with students with literacy and numeracy learning needs.
In 2015, we moved to Hawke’s Bay for Andrew to take up the role as Bishop of Waiapu. I have had the opportunity to work in several fantastic schools in the area, including relieving as the Religious Education teacher at Hereworth School.
My youngest daughter, Caitlin, attended Woodford House for her intermediate years and I always appreciated the care she was shown by the staff. I was particularly drawn to the family focused feel of the School.
As my children are getting older and more independent, I made the decision at the beginning of the year to do some further study and I started a Diploma in Christian Ministry. When the opportunity came up to apply for the role of Chaplain at Woodford House I felt strongly that it was a Ministry I was called to. I am passionate about helping young people to negotiate the exciting and challenging teenage years and I am looking forward to being another support person in the team of people who care for our students.
I love that the Chapel and Christian faith are at the heart of Woodford House and I am honoured to continue to develop this in the School. A comprehensive Special Character review was undertaken in 2018 with some valuable suggestions on ways to move forward and I am looking forward to being part of this development in the future.
Mrs Raewyn Hedge, Chaplain