Welcome to Collective Worship at St. Augustine’s
Our School Mission
The mission of St Augustine’s Catholic Voluntary Academy is that of Jesus Christ; to build a teaching and learning community where we show due regard for the development and understanding of the uniqueness and dignity of each person, based on the Gospel values of love, justice, caring for others, aspiring to be the best you can be, mutual respect, honesty, acceptance and forgiveness. At St Augustine’s, each child is valued as a unique individual, a child of God, made in the image of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In partnership with parents, the parish and with God’s grace, we aim to provide a community in which children grow and experience the love of God, self, and neighbour, fulfilling our school mission statement:
“Let all that you do be done in love”
(1 Corinthians 16:14)
Our School Virtues
Our school virtues influence the whole school culture at St Augustine’s. They shape everything we do, every decision we make, and are the central thread interwoven throughout our curriculum, our behaviour system and our pastoral support. Our pupils and staff endeavour to live these out every day.
- Love and Respect
- Friendship and Kindness
- Love of Neighbour and Self Control
- Love of Learning and Determination
- Hope and Confidence
- Honesty and Forgiveness
“For where two or three come together in my name, I am there with them” (Matthew 18:20)
Prayer and liturgy are central to the life of the school and form part of routine gatherings for pupils and staff. We offer a variety of different types of prayer and worship at St Augustine’s including: scripture; meditation; prayer; silence; reflection; song and liturgical music. Pupils participate in them by, for example, reflecting in silence, joining community prayer with confidence and singing readily.
Daily Collective Worship Timetable:
|Teachers on rota|
|T||Praise and Worship||Hall||2.30pm||CP/TC||
|Child-led Worship||Classrooms||3.00pm||Pupils||Pupils to evaluate in class|
|W||Class-led Worship||Hall||2.45pm||Classes on Rota||Chaplaincy Team: using evaluation station|
|T||Virtues Worship||Hall||2.45pm||Teachers on Rota||
We endeavour to provide prayer and liturgy opportunities that are engaging, of a high quality and accessible and relevant to pupils. We support pupils to plan and lead prayer and liturgy with increasing independence.
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers”
We recognise and revere the most Holy Sacrament of the celebration of the Eucharist. We believe it is central to our roles as being members of the Body of Christ and the redeeming life graces and blessings it provides.
We firmly believe in the importance of celebrating the Mass by:
- Providing opportunities for school and parish masses throughout the academic year
- Celebrating Mass at the key times of the school year to highlight special occasions (such as St Augustine’s Day)
- Attending and celebrating Holy Days of Obligation with the Parish
Prayer naturally punctuates the school day through our Morning, Lunchtime and Evening prayers.