The children experience worship through a range of media including art, music, prayer, dance and storytelling. Prayers are said in class daily and reflection is a regular feature of RE lessons. Spontaneous prayer is evident throughout the school. Whole School assemblies are led by the Head Teacher on Monday morning when the theme of Sunday’s gospel is explored. Traditional prayers are well known. Other assembly focuses include the Mass, the liturgical seasons, local, national and international issues, achievement, or a school problem which needs to be addressed. Key Stage assemblies also promote spiritual and moral development and are timetabled weekly. On Fridays, we have an awards assembly: Pupil and Behaviour of the week. Twice a year (a different term), a class leads a whole class Mass - parents of that class are invited and Fr. Joe and Fr. John will join us. In one of the terms, each class will lead an assembly/liturgy instead of a mass which again the parents and the whole school are invited to.
We have a whole school Mass in September at St. Aidan’s Church to ask God’s blessing on our school year We also celebrate St. Aidan (Feast day August 31st) during this Mass. At the end of the school year, we have a Mass of thanksgiving. We also have a Harvest Mass; advent and Lenten services draw together the end of the Autumn and Spring Term. Parents are always welcome to whole school Masses and class Masses.
Since December 2013, the school Carol Service has been switched from the School Hall to St. Aidan’s Church and all the parents are invited for this special gathering to celebrate Christ’s Nativity. Each class performs a carol and a reading which is re-enacted by Children throughout the school. During the Easter Term, Year 5 perform a very moving account of our Lord’s Passion which again is acted and there is music to accompany.
During the season of Lent, the Headteacher leads Stations of the Cross during assemblies and has introduced confessions for all the children before we finish the in the Autumn Term and the Easter Term.
The Pond Area has been completely revamped and classes now celebrate Mass, weather permitting, in this new area. This year, all children that received their First Holy Communion had a celebration Mass in the pond area.
Singing, is a great strength and the children evidently enjoy it. There is a hymn practice weekly led by the Headteacher. A rangeof new hymns have been learnt and children are regularly singing ‘acapella’ in the classrooms to themselves or as a group. There are a range of choral events throughout the school year including the Carol Service, Year 6 singing at the Parish Christmas Lunch, the Coulsdon Yulefest, the O2, the Passion, the KS1 Nativity, the Year 2 and 3 production and the Leavers Production