Prayer and Worship
Prayer and worship are central to the daily life of the school and a key part of every school celebration and gathering. Classes pray together a number of times throughout the school day and every effort is made to ensure the richness of our shared Catholic tradition is experienced in a variety of ways. Our parish priest, Monsignor Keith Barltrop, is a member of our school's governing body and plays a vital role in the sacramental and prayer life of the school.
Collective Acts of Worship
Pupils are fully involved in planning and preparing class assemblies, liturgies, prayer services and school masses which are well attended by parents, carers and family members.
Year group Masses in KS2 and liturgies in KS1 provide an opportunity for our pupils and staff to come together to worship. The confident and thoughtful way in which our pupils lead each other and the school community in prayer during our class assemblies in particular, is a strength of our school’s Catholic life.
Other opportunities for prayer and worship include guided meditations and our wonderful classroom prayer areas, themed in line with the liturgical year, and our outside prayer areas each playground provide a focal point for planned and spontaneous prayer. Our Upper Key Stage 2 pupils come together twice a year at Westminster Cathedral, our Mother Church, with schools from all over the diocese for the Advent Service early in December and the Good Shepherd Mass in the summer term where our call to serve others is answered through our offering of money raised in school for The Catholic Children’s Society.
The school community join the parish community at Masses at key times of the liturgical year in our parish church including feast days and Holy Days of Obligation.
Fr. Keith continues to support our older pupils in developing their knowledge and understanding of the Sacrament of Reconciliation through his visits to our Year 5 and 6 classes during Lent.
Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer
Following His Holiness Pope Francis’ message on January 1st 2017 for the celebration of the fiftieth World Day of Peace, the pupils and staff have been reflecting on his message of peace and this has been the focus for our new RE displays around the school’s communal areas.
Pope Francis concluded his message by saying,
“All of us want peace. Many people build it day by day through small gestures and acts; many of them are suffering, yet patiently persevere in their efforts to be peacemakers. In 2017, may we dedicate ourselves prayerfully and actively to banishing violence from our hearts, words and deeds, and to becoming nonviolent people and to building nonviolent communities that care for our common home. Nothing is impossible if we turn to God in prayer. Everyone can be an artisan of peace.”