The Chapel of St Christopher and the Infant Jesus stands at the heart of the School community and is probably the most easily identifiable school building with its imposing tower and steeple, a landmark that can be seen for miles around.
It was built as a War Memorial and contains the names of Old Russellians who lost their lives in the World Wars; it is, therefore, a constant reminder of their self-sacrifice and the cost of freedom that we all enjoy.
The Chapel provides a focal point for the celebration or commemoration of important occasions during the school year such as our Welcome Service, Harvest Festival, Remembrance and Advent Service, in addition to special anniversary services such as the 150th Celebration in May 2003 at which our Patron, Her Majesty the Queen was present.
It is the School's own church where the boarding community attends worship on Sundays throughout the year.
Each weekday morning, prayers are said for the life of the School and Holy Communion is celebrated every week. Chapel remains open all day for pupils and staff to find a quiet moment for reflection or to pray.
Junior and Senior School pupils attend weekly Chapel services, and take part in special services throughout the year. Our school Carol Services provide the focus for our Christmas festivities, through which the Chaplaincy raises money for our link school in Kenya.
School services encourage the spiritual and moral development of our pupils. An experience of worship is offered. A wide range of topics are explored, that enable pupils to learn how to respect and care for one other, adults and the wider community; and to learn how to treasure and sustain the natural environment and appreciate the range of world religions that can lead people to understanding and fulfilment in their lives. Because of its importance to our community, attendance is compulsory for all pupils. Preparation for Confirmation in the Church of England is available.
The Chapel provides a splendid setting for musical recitals by the Choir and Choral Society and is regularly used for lunchtime concerts. The School Choristers also lead services such as Evensong throughout the school year, and sing for occasional services such as weddings and baptisms.
The Music Department use it, the Religious Studies Department explores it, the Art Department draws and paints it, and everybody recognises it! It is a living building which is admired and appreciated by many.
Above all, its presence is a statement that the School recognises the need to remind ourselves of another dimension in our lives - be it specifically religious or broadly spiritual - and a place to which pupils and staff of all faiths or of none can come to experience peace and quiet, a special place in which to reflect on their own thoughts and, possibly, to find something they are seeking.