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. Both students and staff lead assemblies.
Mrs Bennett, our Lay Chaplain, leads prayer in the Chapel 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. During Advent and Lent, all students take part in a service which helps them to focus on these important Church seasons, and allows them to reflect on their readiness for Christmas and Easter. Similarly at the end of the Spring Term, students from across the school deliver a Holy Week Liturgy to each year group. This draws together the musical and dramatic talents of our students.
Mass takes place at regular intervals throughout the year as does the Service of Reconciliation. 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.
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.