The practise of the Roman Catholic faith is fundamental to the life of the school. This guides and directs all our activities in relation to worship and assembly, the content of RE lessons, spiritual and moral development. It is at the heart of everything we do and our anchor.
We believe that Collective Worship in our school aims to provide opportunity for all pupils and staff:
- To contemplate something of the mystery of God
- To reflect on spiritual and moral issues
- To explore their own beliefs
- To respond to and celebrate life
- To experience a sense of belonging and develop community spirit
- To develop a common ethos and shared values
- To enrich religious experience
- To grow in liturgical understanding and development
- To reinforce prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
- To reinforce positive attitudes
- To participate fully
- To take time out ‘to wonder at’, ‘to come to terms with’ and ‘to give worth to.’
Programme of Collective Worship in school:
Monday - Whole school collective worship
Tuesday - key stage/ class worship
Wednesday - key stage/ class worship
Thursday - hymn practise, including prayer and worship
Friday - class led assembly on rotation, including prayer.
Daily morning, before/after lunch, end of the day prayers.
During Advent and Lent, additional opportunities for prayer and worship are provided and we pray the Rosary during the month of May.
The children are also given the opportunity for confession with our priest, Father S Molloy, when appropriate.
The children regularly take part in Mass both in school and within the parish, every half term. These Masses include: a Welcome Mass, Harvest, Grandparents, Leavers as well as celebrating Holy Days of obligation etc. The parish and parents are warmly invited to all acts of worship and these will be advertised on the school's newsletter and within the parish newsletter.
Our Faith Leaders also help to set up and lead acts of worship throughout the year and are a great help to staff and a fantastic example to the other children. There is more information about their role and activities in the pupils' section.