"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. …  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres."  - 1 Corinthians 13:4,7
As school Chaplain, I feel that chapel lies at the heart of our community. Students and teachers alike tell me they appreciate the engaging and accepting atmosphere of our daily worship. Chapel is a place of faith where all can gather in peace to find inspiration. It is a time to centre oneself at the start of a productive day. Here we promote healthy relationships and honest communication, the firm foundation of a strong, united, diverse and giving community.

We focus on the Christian values that undergird our school; values such as love, joy, peace, hope, patience, and self-control. Chapel along with religious education strengthen one’s faith and contributes to one’s character. And, a constant source of encouragement is the degree to which our values pervade the school for the remainder of the day as teachers and students endeavour to practice what is preached.

God Bless,

The Reverend Canon Stephen Crowther
School Chaplain
scrowther@hts.on.ca

Our Chapel and History

At the heart of the HTS community is Chapel. The purpose of Chapel at HTS is to uplift hearts, not to close minds. It allows us to come together in a "faith place" with friends and classmates. A powerful experience for our students. It is geared to a youthful audience, thought-provoking rather than preachy, allowing  young minds to disengage from the demands of busy schedules, to contemplate topics such as forgiveness and respect for self and others, and ponder issues that have meaning in their daily lives. We share our thoughts about character and values, celebrate milestone, recognize accomplishments, recount experiences, offer encouragement and pause to remember and reflect.

We also take care to ensure that our Anglican approach develops the faith of all Christians while also supporting the spiritual growth of our many Muslim, Jewish, Hindu and Buddhist students. The values we uphold are universal: 

Honour, Integrity, Charity, Respect, Forgiveness, Selflessness, Compassion.

Established in 1981 by members of the Holy Trinity Church in Thornhill, and based on the principles and morals of the Anglican Church, HTS is one of the few independent schools to have a full-time chaplain, responsible for all aspects of religious instruction and observance.

Perhaps not surprisingly for a school that was founded in a church basement, we believe that religion still has a place in the curriculum. To us, it's a crucial part of a well-rounded education. And while we continue to honour the vision of the school founders and uphold the principles they set forth, HTS welcomes members of all faiths and celebrates a shared commitment to the ideals we all hold in common.

Religious Instruction in The Schools