Assemblies and Prayers
All assemblies provide the opportunity for praying together as a school community, and collective worship is their prime function. Communal hymns and other forms of music form part of every assembly and opportunities will be taken to distribute awards and offer praise in other ways.
A member of the SLT leads full school assemblies every fortnight within morning registration time. These are delivered to half the school at a time on a rota basis.
Year Group Assemblies
Each year group has an assembly once a week, on a designated day, at 8.30am as follows:
Year 7 – Monday
Year 8 – Thursday
Year 9 – Tuesday
Year 10 – Wednesday
Year 11 – Friday
This assembly is usually, though not exclusively, led by the Head of Year, and will sometimes be led by a particular form or group of students. The venue is the school hall, although on occasions, especially during the examination period, the sports hall is used.
Each morning will begin with prayers in form tutor groups. This is called Sacred Space. Pupils are encouraged to take an active part and on occasions lead the reflections and prayers. The school day normally ends with a prayer too.
Prayers are sometimes led by the teacher or by the students and take a variety of forms, including traditional prayers such as the Morning Offering, the Lord’s Prayer, the Hail Mary, Grace before Meals and the prayer to the Holy Spirit, more modern prayers, silent reflections, readings and prayers composed by the students themselves, involving each and everyone of the class.