Religious Life

“Provision for catholic life is extensive and comprehensive… there is an innovative and extensive approach which is much appreciated by students and impacts on their lives”

(RE & Catholic Life Inspection, Section 48 Report)

Central to a catholic school is its masses and liturgies:

“There is careful planning of Masses and evidence that they are becoming focus points in school life” 

(RE & Catholic Life Inspection, Section 48 Report)

Since the Mass is the source and summit of our faith, great importance is placed on these times of collective worship where all are included.

Primary Collective Worship and Liturgies

In every school term there are many special liturgies to mark important feast days of the Church’s liturgical year.  For the Primary school these include:

Marian Procession (May Procession), Remembrance Day, Lent Reconciliation and ‘Sorry Services’ for Reception and KS1, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Ash Wednesday, Stations of the Cross to name but a few. Including an outdoor forest Prayer liturgy for the Year 4 Residential at Youlbury.  All of these services are, in part, prepared and lead by students.  In addition, the Primary School participate in the following:

  • Weekly Primary whole school Mass in the Conference room and in the School Chapel in the Summer term.
  • Termly Parish Mass at Grey Friars Church
  • Whole School Masses happen twice a year in the Sports Hall for our School Feast Day in September and our End of Year Celebration.
  • Whole Primary School Masses on Holy days of Obligation and special Feast days, All Saints day, the Ascension, Feast of SS Peter and Paul, for example.

 

Primary Assemblies

Primary gather at the start of each week for their Gospel Assembly led by the Primary Head Teacher and pupils.  Tuesdays and Thursdays collective worship focuses on praise and thanksgiving and singing hymns and prayers are led and practiced for the forthcoming masses and liturgies. 

Every Wednesday teachers and pupils lead their classroom collective worship through 'Wednesday Word'. This publication provides individual work sheets which are taken home by the pupils to share the forthcoming Sunday gospel with their parents or carers. This is directed in the classroom around prayer table.

 

 

Secondary Mass and Liturgies

Secondary school students receive:

  • One tutor group Mass a year in the Chapel.
  • Year group Masses on Holy days of Obligation and special feast days such as All Saint’s Day, Ascension Day and the Feast of St Peter and St Paul.
  • Whole school Masses twice a year in the Sports Hall for our School Feast Day in September and our End of Year Celebration.

As with Primary, there are many special liturgies to mark important feast days of the Church’s liturgical year, including:

Remembrance Day, Advent and Lent Reconciliation, Ash Wednesday, and Foot Washing for example.  All of these services are, in part, prepared and lead by students.

 

Secondary Assemblies

Each week students receive year group Assemblies based on the theme of the Gospel for the following Sundays from a senior member of staff or a member of the Chaplaincy team.  As well as receiving whole year information form their Head of Year, students receive an understanding of Gospel Values and Virtues and how these can be lived out in their daily life.

 

 “Students from early years to KS5 develop and awareness of the importance of prayer.  Throughout the school there is respect for the quiet moments.” 

(RE & Catholic Life Inspection, Section 48 Report)

Retreats

Retreats provide regular opportunities for students to stop, take a step back and ask life’s big questions.  Throughout the year all students have the opportunity to go on a day or residential retreat.

In the Primary School the following retreats are offered:

  • First Holy Communion Retreat Day.
  • Confirmation Retreat Day.
  • Weekly visits for the Year 3 pupils to our Parish Church of St Edmund and St Frideswise for prayer, meditation and sacramental teaching.

 In the Secondary School the following retreats are offered:

  • Year 7 Day Retreats (September)
  • Year 7 and Year 8 Alton Castle Residential Retreat (November)
  • Year 9 Soli House Residential Retreat (April)
  • Year 10 St Cassians Kintbury Residential Retreat (June)
  • Year 11 St Cassians Kintbury Residential Retreat (January)
  • Sixth Form St Cassians Kintbury Residential Retreat (October)
  • Sixth Form Taize Pilgrimage, France Residential (July) 

“Students grow in an understanding of the role of religion in their lives, and an awareness of their role within the community of the School.”

(RE & Catholic Life Inspection, Section 48 Report)