Rev Serena Willoughby, Chaplain
Date you joined the School
What do you do at Bethany?
I organise, lead and set direction for Chapel, organising outside speakers and special events. I am responsible for the Founders Day, Remembrance Day and Carol services. During the rest of the days I am at Bethany, I provide pastoral care for students and staff and run lunchtime clubs.
What did you do before you came to Bethany?
I worked at a school in London as Chaplain and was Vicar of a Parish
What is your favourite novel/music/artist/film and why?
A 1000 Splendid Suns, an incredible story written beautifully. It taught me a lot about the history of Afghanistan and what is happening now.
What is your favourite quotation and why?
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future, Jeremiah 29 v 11. This was given to me when I was a young person struggling at school and has meant so much in many ways since.
What was your favourite subject at school and why?
I guess I should say RE but I was a bit of a pain in those lessons – too much to say and not at the right times! I loved English, books and their stories always fascinate me.
Why do you like working at Bethany?
The pupils are great and it’s wonderful seeing them grow into strong adults ready to take on the world. I love the staff too and there is a great deal of support here.
What interests do you have outside Bethany?
I love watching Ballet and will try and go a see as much as I can. I trained years ago as a ballet dancer and so I’d like to get back to doing it more regularly.
What is your favourite childhood memory?
My Grandpa, Don was a really interesting, caring and loving person. He was a Scot but lived in Devon and I used to love his visits. He was always interested in our lives as chidren and would listen to us ramble on and on without ever complaining.
What is your favourite colour and why?
Turquoise – it’s the colour of the sea in Greece and it brightens up so much.
If you were not doing what you are doing now, what would you like to do?
Travel – I didn’t do this much as a younger person and I’m now longing to see different countries and experience different cultures.