The Catholic Life of St Peter's
Our school motto is “Jesus is at the heart of all that we do”
At St. Peter’s we firmly believe this and that we are bound together, by the unity of our faith, and our children's education is developed in an atmosphere of caring, sharing and example.
Our Faith is at the centre of everything we do and our aim is to foster and deepen the children’s faith, to help them to enter into a personal relationship with God and to respond to him through prayer, worship and Christian living.
At St Peter’s we are a loving Catholic school community who seeks to live out the teachings of Jesus Christ in partnership with parents, carers, governors and our two parishes. We endeavour to be the people God calls us to be.
On this page we hope you enjoy reading about and seeing examples of how we live out our school Mission and Virtues, celebrating the many opportunities we have to deepen our faith.
Prayer and Liturgy
Prayer and Liturgy
At St. Peter’s, Christ is at the centre of all of our thoughts and actions. Prayer and liturgy allow us all – children, staff, parents and parishioners – to come together to know, serve and love God.
: Whole School Liturgical prayer – 10:00 am / Class Mass 11am (timetabled)
: Class shared prayer/liturgy. Modelled by the Class Teacher
: The “Wednesday Word” Liturgical prayer (KS1 in class; Y3/4 at 10.15am; Y5/Y6 at 10.15am)
: Class shared prayer/liturgy. Led by the children.
: Whole School Celebration Worship 9am (including shared prayer) Parents, Carers and family invited to attend.
Collective Worship is the legal term for the way in which we connect spiritually with God, our creator, following the example of Christ, guided by the Holy Spirit. This comes in a multitude of forms and there is no right or wrong way to give glory to God.
Mass is at the centre of the celebration of our faith. We celebrate the mystery of the Eucharist as a faith community, praising alongside our parish community of St Peter’s. Fr Peter, our Parish Priest leads our prayer and worship.
Liturgy has a distinct, formalised format that mirrors that of the Mass. There are four sections:
Gathering (coming together as a prayer community);
Word (listening to God as found in the scriptures);
Response (prayer time, reflection or action to digest and ponder over God’s word);
Mission (taking the message from the liturgy out into our school, home, community and beyond).
Prayer, according to St. John Damascene, is the “raising of one’s mind and heart to God.” This can be vocalised or internal, contemplative prayer. We can use traditional prayers of the Church or our own thoughts and words.
Mrs Gili-Ross, Mrs Alfrey or Mrs Hazeldine lead the whole school in Prayer and Liturgy every Monday. Classes take it in turn to lead Wednesday Word in addition to, preparing for their Class Mass each half term.
Prayer and Liturgy themes are closely linked to the liturgical year so that all members of the school community have an understanding of the readings, colours and messages we listen to and see on Sunday at mass.
However, acts of worship may address current issues, events in the week (both secular and religious) or other feasts in the Church’s year.
Friday’s Celebration Worship is a further opportunity for us to prayer together as a whole school and for our children to celebrate the gifts given to them by God, sharing their achievements and talents both in and out of school. Parents, Carers and friends and family are warmly encouraged to join us for this special celebration.
Teachers lead Prayer and Liturgy in their Key Stage Assembly each week. This takes place on Wednesdays. The teachers lead worship by using the ‘Wednesday Word.” Physical copies of the Wednesday Word are no longer produced since the Covid-19 Pandemic; therefore, a digital version is shared on social media each week.
Teachers in school seek to empower children; they lead and model good practice and also give children the opportunity to participate, take ownership of their learning and develop their own relationship with God. Teachers aim to give children a real voice in planning and leading
worship. It is important that we all look to children as having an important role to play in
leading our faith communities; Christ himself said, “Let the little children come to me” (Matthew 19:4), welcoming them as models of faith – and so should we. We will pray together
as a class at regular intervals each day and share in Prayer and Liturgy daily, either as a whole school or an individual class. On a Tuesday and a Thursday, pupils and teachers lead worship within the classroom. This can be in any medium of worship. The theme for this worship may be based on our Come and See RE curriculum, the liturgical calendar, current events etc. The children will lead their own worship within the classroom at least once a week, though this is related to the pupils’ age with regards to their level of involvement.
• EYFS: the theme and style of worship is decided by adults and pupils prepare the Prayer
Focus, participating as appropriate.
• KS1: the theme and style of worship is decided by adults and pupils have varying levels
of input, according to their ability and confidence. This progresses through the key
• KS2: the theme and style of worship is decided by children with increasing
independence, though some support is still given.
Parents are invited to worship with our school community at key events in the year, such as Termly School Mass, Celebration Worship, and the Y6 Leavers’ Prayer and liturgy. They are also welcomed to participate in giving glory to God during specific liturgical seasons, such as Advent and Lent.
Parents are also invited to attend Class Masses in every class, whereby they participate in the planning and delivery of our shared worship. This timetable is established across each Key Stage. These will take place in the classroom usually on Wednesdays at 2pm.
Please see newsletters and class pages for upcoming dates.
The Wednesday Word is also shared each week for our families via our Seesaw App to use to support prayer life at home.
Each class has a Prayer Table that changes regularly. This is within a quiet area of the classroom in a setting where the children can encounter God at a time of their choosing. This usually involves some form of reading, reflection and action.
Whole School Morning Prayer
Oh my God you love me
You're with me night and day
I want to love you always
In all I do and say
I'll try to please you Father
Bless me through the day
Good morning Lord
We praise your Holy Name and
Thank you for giving us this lovely new day
Prayer before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, as we sit together.
Bless the food we eat today.
Bless the hands that make the food.
Bless us O Lord.
Prayer after Meals
Thank you, God, for the food
We have eaten.
Thank you, God, for all our friends.
Thank you, God, for everything.
Thank you, God.
God, our Father, we come to say,
Thank you for your love today.
Thank you for my family
And all those friends you give to me.
Guard me in the dark of night
And in the morning send your light.
Hail Mary full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God
Pray for us sinners now and in the hour of our death
The group is part of the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need. ‘Mini Vinnies’ are children aged between 7 to 11 who, with the permission of their parents and the support of their Schools, are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible ‘Vincentians for life’.
As Mini Vinnies, the youngsters have their own ‘treasured’ Prayer, Pledge and Badge, a dedicated website (www.minivinnies.org.uk/) and a range of bright and colourful documents which guide them in their formative steps – helping and enabling them to become in every sense, young Vincentians – or ‘Mini Vinnies’. They will decide which worthy cause they would like to help each year and of course how they will do this.
As a school we regularly join the parish of St Peter’s and St Joseph’s for mass. We also have the privilege of planning and leading mass within our classrooms; Father Peter celebrates the mass and we invite parents and grandparents to join us.
We are incredibly blessed that our school is in a wonderfully natural setting with an extensive, onsite woodland. It is here that our children take part in Forest School sessions. God teaches us many lessons through nature which are linked and interwoven through our Forest School.
Through learning about their natural environment and having involvement in the sustainable management of our precious woodland, our children learn to notice and respect the beauty of God’s creation.
In the bible, Jesus communicates with us through the oceans, the skies, birds singing, leaves rustling in the forests, and He uses nature in His parables. Many of our children draw comfort and their faith can be strengthened from spending time in the woodland during challenging times, particularly when experiencing grief and trauma.
At St Peter’s, we celebrate many religious feasts in our woodland throughout the year including, praying the rosary in October and May, journeying through our woodland with Jesus during Holy Week with The Stations of The Cross and focusing on The Season of Creation as Autumn begins each year, encouraging our children to become stewards of creation. In December, our woodland becomes Bethlehem as the children build a real life stable and we re-enact the Nativity with the help of a donkey.