Creating and leading liturgies to celebrate holy days of obligation
As would be expected at any outstanding Catholic school we celebrate all the liturgical seasons of the church in a dynamic and relevant way. Students from all years are involved in creating and leading liturgies to celebrate Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter alongside holy days of obligation that fall within term time. We begin each new school year with an academic Mass asking for God’s encouragement and support in the year ahead and our leavers finish their time at St Augustine’s with a reflective leaving Mass celebrating all that they have achieved and become during their time as part of the community.
Further to the reflection and prayer that takes place in morning registration each lesson begins with prayer. Students have yet more chance to develop their personal connection to God and develop their understanding of prayer at the Meditation Monday and Creative Prayer Thursday sessions that are run during lunchtime each week by the Chaplaincy team.
At St Augustine’s we firmly believe that prayer is an essential part of life rather than an add-on and as such our Catholic spirituality permeates all aspects of school life. Students in all years have the opportunity to have a day away from normal school life each year and to take part in a retreat. The focus of these days of retreat (locally for younger students and at residential youth centres for those in older years) differ according to the age of the students but integral to all of them is a time away from the normal routine to think about life, to engage with important issues relevant to their lives and to pray.