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Prayer Life of the School

Prayer is defined as 'talking to God,' it is a personal time of opening our hearts to our Heavenly Father and bringing everything in our hearts to Him. God is always alongside us and is ready to listen. Anyone can pray at any time and any place. Prayer can be a powerful force for change in our lives, and the importance of doing it on a daily basis should be instilled in our children.

Communication is the foundation for success in any relationship. When we communicate openly and freely with each other, we learn to know each other as individuals. This principle also applies to our relationship with God. By talking to God, we can learn more about who He is and what plan He has for us.

The Purpose of Prayer

It is important that our children understand that there is a purpose to prayer. Jesus frequently prayed during His life on Earth. He had a reason for doing so. Our prayers are something that God deeply desires. But our prayers are not for His benefit; as a perfect Divine Being, God is complete in His power and knowledge.

Children are encouraged to pray in different ways according to their age and personal development. The most important aspect of prayer for children is that they realise it is their way of communicating with God and is first and foremost a personal occasion.

Children are introduced to a variety of different ways of praying:

  • quiet reflection / meditation
  • praying together
  • writing own prayers
  • prayers through music
  • learning traditional Christian / Catholic prayers

When does Collective Worship take place?

  • Monday 9:10am – 9.30am Gospel Assembly         
  • Tuesday 9:10am – 9.30am Celebration through hymns             
  • Wednesday 9:10am – 9.30am-KS1 Collective Worship                 
  • Thursday 9:10am – 9.30am KS2 Collective Worship     
  • Friday 9am – 9.30am Class and Celebration Assembly                             

Collective worship will also be celebrated through:

  • Daily class prayers at the beginning and end of the day and before lunchtime
  • Whole school Mass during the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.
  • Virtual prayers led by the school chaplains.
  • Class Mass in St Mary’s Church on Fridays in line with annual calendar
  • Advent and Lenten whole school reflections
  • Daily meditation.

Collective Worship

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 Catholic teaching.
  • To participate actively.
  • To take time out 'to wonder at', 'to come to terms with' and 'to give worth to'
  • To develop a relationship with our families, parish community and wider community through prayer and worship.
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