END of term brought a ceremony of sorts to Peter Moyes Anglican Community School as it held a service to commission the school chaplain.
Anglican Bishop Jeremy James commissioned Rev David Deeny in front of about 1000 people at the Mindarie school on September 22.
The ceremony was a formal welcome for Mr Deeny, who started at the school last term, and an opportunity for the Anglican Diocese of Perth to present him his licence.
A former banker turned geography teacher and then priest, Mr Deeny received his Holy Orders in England in 2006.
He said it had been a pleasure to start working at the school, where he is known for his positive outlook and approachable demeanour.
“The students are young and vibrant with an eagerness to learn,” Mr Deeny said.
“The staff are hardworking and dedicated to their calling in education.”
Principal Julian Dowse said the chaplain had an important part to play in the school environment.
“The role of a chaplain is to provide spiritual support and guidance as well as pastoral care to the whole school community, including students and their families as well as staff,” he said.