As a Catholic school it is vital that we give as many opportunities to our students to grow in their Faith during their time at St James’.
Every morning begins with collective prayer for students in form groups or in assembly. Staff also start each day in prayer either as a whole staff or in Year or Faculty teams. Once a week staff have the opportunity to meet together in the Chapel for a reflection to start the day. We pray for the intentions of the world, our school and our own needs. Every school day also ends with prayer. Each year group has an assembly once a week in which scripture and prayer are an important element.
St James’ school prayer encapsulates our values and purpose and it is often prayed by staff and students as part of their daily worship:
Dear God, we thank you for the family of St James’.
Through your love may we support each other to achieve excellence and deepen our faith.
Guide and inspire us to develop as global Catholic citizens.
Mrs Bennett, our Lay Chaplain, leads prayer with each Form a number of times throughout the year. This is an added opportunity for students to visit the Chapel and reflect. Students visit the Chapel throughout the year to take part in services and times of reflection. During Advent & Lent these will be focused on the liturgical season, but throughout the year students have the opportunity to reflect more personally on what they have been looking at in RE lessons. This allows the students to continue their own faith journey, building on what they have explored in lessons. During Advent & Lent it helps them to be prepared to fully appreciate and engage with the celebrations of Christmas & Easter.
Mass takes place at regular intervals throughout the year and the Year 7 Welcome Mass and Year 11 Mass of Celebration are particularly special as we welcome new families into our community and wish Year 11 the best in their GCSEs and future pathways. We are always very grateful to our priests for their support we very much value their support as we guide our young people in their faith journey.
As well as having a dedicated Chapel we also have a beautiful prayer garden, which the PTA helped to fund and create. It provides another calm space for prayer and reflection.