Prayer and Worship


  • At St. Ethelbert’s School, planned opportunities for quality prayer are integral to our life and mission. We are committed to enriching the religious experiences of both pupils and staff by providing collective worship, individual prayer times and opportunities for reflection at whole school and classroom level.
  • Prayer and Worship is an important feature of each school day. All classes begin and end morning and afternoon sessions with a form of prayer (prayer, hymn, reflection, Scripture reading).
  • A ‘Family Time’ assembly takes place on a weekly basis and is attended by all Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils.
  • Each class presents a special whole school assembly twice a year. Class assemblies incorporate the work done as part of the creative curriculum with a religious theme or message. Each term, every class celebrates Holy Mass in church, with the liturgy based on the church’s calendar or on themes studied in curriculum RE. Parents and members of our parish community are invited to attend.
  • In addition, whole school Mass is celebrated at the beginning and end of each term in church, with pupils playing an active role in the liturgy.
  • Other whole school opportunities for Prayer and Worship are organised to reflect the church’s year- for example; pupils present the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week; a special service on Ash Wednesday; staff meditation during Lent; Rosary Group during October.
  • All classes have a focus for prayer (table, display) to create an atmosphere conducive to prayer and worship. Classroom Collective Worship is an opportunity for pupils to connect with God and recognise the extraordinary within the ordinary.
  • Our GIFT Team (Growing In Faith Together) organise collective worship opportunities for the rest of the school. They have received training from the Diocese and have been especially commissioned by the Bishop.
  • Once a term, our school organises a parish Youth Mass with another local RC school.

Our pupils receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion during Y3, although arrangements can be made for older children to join the sacramental programme in special circumstances. The programme is led by parish catechists; however, the school plays a pivotal role in supporting their work. Our Y6 pupils act as prayer sponsors for the Sacramental Programme children.

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