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Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

A UNICEF Rights Respecting School

Liturgical Life

The school is a flourishing Catholic community with a vibrant liturgical and prayer life, strong Catholic ethos and the values of the school patron are embedded in our daily lives. Prayer and worship are central to the daily life of the school. There is a clear collective act of worship. Daily acts of worship take place during tutor time and assemblies. There is a regular programme of assemblies which includes pupil-led assemblies, certificate assemblies, SLT led assemblies with particular Catholic ethos focus. All members of SLT lead and engage pupils within the assembly cycle. A school prayer book (including the school prayer), contributed to by all form groups, co-ordinated by the school chaplain is widely used for collective worship. The Chaplain visits tutor groups to support prayer in morning registration.

The school chapel is located at the heart of the school. There is a full-time Chaplain responsible for masses and the spiritual life of the school. The Chaplain provides many opportunities for spiritual development by making the Chapel area available for quiet reflection at break and lunch.

There are strong links with the local parish. During Lent the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available for pupils and staff. There is a voluntary mass on Tuesday morning before school, open to students and staff as well as mass on Wednesdays and Fridays for classes and whole year groups. The school’s major liturgical celebration is the Feast Day of Blessed John Henry Newman in October. A Student Liturgy Team also meets regularly to plan and evaluate liturgical celebrations.