Joining together as a school community to worship is a key part of the faith life of our school. This is an essential part of the routine and the 'unique heartbeat' of a Church school and is offered as part of a wider opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversations about God, both as individuals and together. Collective worship helps to build community cohesion by creating a consistent structure around the core values and symbols of Christianity and an occasion to explore and understand the values at the heart of our ethos. From forgiveness and humility, to gratitude and justice, collective worship gives pupils a space and time to reflect.
We celebrate Mass together at the start and end of the school year, at key points of the Church year such as Advent and Lent, and also on Holy Days of Obligation. We will publish a list of Mass dates for the year at the start of the new term. All members of our school community - whether Catholic, Christian, another faith or no faith - are very warmly welcome to attend our school Masses. These are times for our community to come together and everyone in our English Martyrs family is invited.
Parents and family members are also invited to attend termly class liturgies. For the classes who are following the new Religious Education Directory, these form part of the 'Celebrate' lens of the children's learning. Where classes are following the 'Come and See' programme, the liturgies are a sharing and celebration of what the children have learnt and their spiritual development.