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 teams. 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.
Wednesday mornings have, for many years, been a special time of prayer with collective worship in the Chapel for staff and students. Over recent years this has developed from being staff led to student led, with the Year 11 Spirituality Prefects taking a lead role in this development as they assist forms to prepare a particular reflection.
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.
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.
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.
Please click the links below to view our prayer booklets, created by our students;