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.’
Please see our Collective Worship Policy for further details
Programme of Collective Worship in school:
Monday - Whole school collective worship, 'Sing and Praise'
Tuesday - Key stage/ class worship
Wednesday - Key stage/ class worship
Thursday - Class based worship/ Faith Leaders
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 months of October and May (see below). During these special times of the Church's year, children have the opportunity to take home 'prayer bags' with items in that help to tell the story of the season and give them the chance to pray at home with their parents.
The children are also given the opportunity for confession with our priest, Father S Molloy, when appropriate.
Our School Prayer
(Written by the pupils)
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. Liturgies also feature throughout the year, such as Remembrance, Ash Wednesday etc. These are often planned and led by the Faith Leaders.
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.
During Advent, the children could take home a prayer bag full of things they could use to help them focus their thoughts and prayers at this special time. It included ideas for children and parents and the opportunity to record their thoughts if the children wanted to.
Our Lady: Mary
During the month of October, the faith leaders will be leading the Rosary before school at 8:45am on Wednesdays and Fridays, all are welcome to attend, just meet in the prayer room. The rosary will also be prayed in class based worship too.
Each class has a 'Travelling Rosary' bag. This has a set of rosary beads and prayer cards and each child in the class can have a turn to take it home and pray with their family if they wish. Full instructions are inside.
On Thursday the 18th October, instead of class worship, the Faith leaders will be leading a whole school worship. The Church in Need (one of Pope Francis’ charities) has organised a campaign to try and get one million children praying the rosary at the same time across the world. They are praying for peace and unity across the world. This has been endorsed by the diocese. The faith leaders are going to lead on this and the whole school will say a decade of the rosary together that morning.
Each year we process into the hall for Mass, to celebrate our Lady. The children bring flowers to honour her, she is crowned and we celebrate Mass. After Mass, we distribute the flowers amongst our elderly friends at Abbeyfield and Wingfield.