Meet PLC’s Chaplain, Rev Manie Strydom

Rev Manie has extensive experience as a school chaplain and in youth ministry, including experience in holistic pastoral care and providing support to youth in need. He is an ordained minister and has led a congregation of over 600 members, along with working in local schools.

1: Who inspires you most?

Stories of hope where ordinary human beings do extraordinary things when faced with seemingly impossible odds, inspire me. When I was in Year 10, one of my friends at school became paralysed during a sports event and still finished Year 12 with our class. This really inspired me to move beyond the boundaries I set for myself.

It really inspires me to see the PLC staff excel in their roles, as well as the students giving the many challenges a good go. I am so fortunate to be a part of this amazing community.

2: What would you like to achieve at PLC this year?

It’s important to me that PLC provides a safe, welcoming space in Chapel services, regardless of religious background, and to provide an opportunity for the girls to engage with an authentic and relevant spirituality.

My goal this year is to build strong relationships with the students and staff, as well as encouraging the girls to lead hymns in Chapel and Assembly. I’m looking forward to facilitating regular small group sessions where the girls are able to ask questions and discuss spiritual matters.

3: What is the best part of your job?

I love to spend time with the girls and staff in Chapel and in informal settings. When staff and students invite me into their lives, sharing their stories, struggles and vulnerabilities, I feel so blessed to be in a position where I can help them search for moments of the Divine’s presence.

One of my favourite parts of working at PLC is hearing the bagpipes play, or the girls singing ‘Labore et Honore’.

4: What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love spending time in nature, photography and music, as well as spending time with friends and family.

Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I go kayaking or mountain biking.  If the weather doesn’t permit outside activities, I love to read a good book or watch a movie.