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Religious Education

Key Stage I and II

In the Junior Department Religious Education is taught through the The Way, The Truth and the Life syllabus which is based on the Curriculum Directory. The teaching of Religious Education does not stop in the classroom but is reflected in all that we do in our School and in the way in which both pupils and teachers respect one another and live out the Gospel values.

We aim to develop each child’s religious literacy and provide a rich experience of liturgy through class prayers, reflection, assemblies and Mass. Junior classes take turns in preparing and leading the Mass which is celebrated in the School Chapel. All pupils, from all faiths, are encouraged to participate in Readings, Bidding prayers and the Offertory during their class Mass. Parents are always very welcome to attend our liturgies. The Prep classes gather together regularly for collective worship.

Pupils are aware of how they can work towards the Common Good which enables them to develop their social conscience and compassion for others. They have the opportunity to do this through learning about, and fundraising for, charities such as CAFOD and the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster). Each year, a Junior class represents the School at The Good Shepherd Mass at Westminster Cathedral, where pupils present a cheque for the monies raised from their fundraising.

Every year Lower I (Year 3) pupils and their families gather together to celebrate with the girls who have made their First Holy Communion. This is a very special day in Lower I’s calendar, and Mass is followed by tea and cakes in the Chapel garden. It is both an important spiritual occasion as well as a day of celebration.