As a Catholic school we consider the spiritual growth and development of all our pupils to be of major importance. Responsibility for this growth and awareness is shared by all the staff. The year commences with the celebration of the Eucharist to ask God’s blessing on the pupils and staff.
Pupils are encouraged in St Colmcille’s to view prayer as an essential part of daily life of a Christian. Formal prayer is celebrated in the classroom at the beginning of the school day.
During Religious Education lessons pupils have an opportunity to experience different forms of prayer by composing their own prayer or celebrating liturgy with other members of the class at the end of each unit of work.
Prayers relevant to liturgical season are promoted, especially during Advent and Lent. Prayer forms an important part in the sacramental preparation of our pupils especially with regard to Penance and Eucharist.
Year 8 Mass
Year Masses are organised by the Head of the RE department in liaison with pastoral staff and the local parish clergy. These, along with assemblies, provide another opportunity for pupils to experience liturgical planning. Key Stage 3/Key Stage 4 school assemblies are held once a week and class or year assemblies are held on the other days.
The following Pupil Guide-lines and School Prayer are presented to ensure that our community gathers together each day with our hearts and minds as one.
I trust you to use your gifts, be reasonable, responsible and to think of others in our community and the larger community outside St Colmcille’s.
I trust you to remember that, when you wear our uniform, you represent us. People will judge us by what you say, by what you do and by the way that you present yourself. I trust you represent us well.
I trust you to remember that, whenever and wherever teachers and pupils gather together, everyone should be able to expect a good learning atmosphere.
As we begin another school day
to be Christ-like in all we think, say and do
to show respect towards all members of the school community
to form trusting relationships with friends, teacher and parents
and, like St Colmcille, have courage to accept responsibility for
all our words and actions.