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Catholic Life

  • Christ Centred curriculum -  that ensures students can live life to the full and supports  Catholic teaching.
  • Whole School Mass – on School Feast Day 14th September, Christmas and end of summer term
  • Year Masses – Each year group plans its own Mass each term
  • Daily Prayers – Each tutor group pray together at the start of the day, a topical prayer sheet is used to support this. Students finish the day with prayer. Other occasions are found to worship using prayers from our tradition for example the Angelus.
  • Weekly Lunchtime Liturgies in the Chapel  – Each Tutor group prepares and presents a liturgy on a theme linked to the liturgical calendar.


  • Christmas Carol Service –  Carols, readings, drama, dance and music.  All students and their families are welcome. 
  • Advent liturgies are held in the chapel throughout the season of Advent for all year 7s and year 8s.
  • Residential Retreats at St Cassian’s Retreat Centre for years 10, 11 and Sixth Form
  • CAFOD Fast Day liturgies - Fund Raising projects and sponsorship for St John’s School in Korogocho, Kenya
  • St Johns' Week - Time in school dedicated to working alogside our partnerschool in Korogocho.
  • Commitment to Charities – The school makes a significant commitment to local, national and international charities.
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament held during Lent and at other times
  • Teaching Masses in Tutor Groups in Chapel for all year 7 students.  The Priest explains the meaning and symbolism of each part of the Mass
  • John 10:10 ‘Life in all it’s Fullness’ – a 2 day programme for Year 7s in which each lesson reflects the values of the Gospel and helps students to understand how God is in every aspect of their learning in School
  • Understanding the Mass - sessions with Chaplain for all year 7 students – Students are encouraged to deepen their understanding of the Mass as a celebration of God’s Love and reflect on their response to the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross
  • Year 7 Induction programme – Gospel Values ‘Treat Others as You would like them to Treat You’ – Interactive sessions aiming to encourage students to reflect on the way we treat others, encouraging them to base their life on the values of the Gospel and teachings of Jesus
  • Stations of the Cross   Special experience for KS3 during lent
  • Year 7 Pilgrimage Mass to St John’s Cathedral takes place yearly in the summer term
  • Diocese Pilgramage students take part in diocese events
  • Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered to all students in Lent – local clergy from a wide area attend, over 600 students come on a voluntary basis to receive God’s forgiveness
  • Reconciliation Meetings and Conflict Resolution sessions are available to students experiencing relationship difficulties in school.  These are always held in the Chapel and make an important contribution to student’s social and personal development
  • One to One pastoral support from the Chaplain is available to all students and staff 
  • CAFOD Young Leaders
  • Sixth Form Induction programme – Evangelisation and Faith Journeys – inspire and encourage Sixth form students as they enter an important new phase in their lives, through personal testimonies, inspirational speakers and Faith sharing
  • Chaplaincy Team – a large group of students support the Chaplain and the  work of the Chapel in a variety of ways – all interested students are welcome to join the Team.  Training is available for all students wishing to become Readers or Servers
  • Chapel Drama and Dance Groups – contribute to School Liturgies and to Services in local Churches. 
  • Romero Award
  • Catholic Ethos for New Staff – Induction session led by the Head and the Chaplain, to support new staff in understanding and living out the ethos of a Catholic School
  • Staff Mass each half term and tri annual whole staff retreat
  • Christian Meditation sessions  and contemplative prayer in the Chapel – led by the Chaplain as part of the RE programme
  • Catholic planner each student is issued with a Catholic planner containing prayers and scripture
  • Youth Alpha/Christian Union Discussion and Prayer Group – a weekly student-led lunchtime group where students can discuss, ask questions and lead presentations of different aspects of the Catholic/Christian faith

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    – Every 3 years, a team of young Catholics from the Sion Community take over the School and present a range of lively and inspiring activities for all students to encourage them in their Faith journey
  • Inspirational speakers from a range of Christian denominations are invited throughout the year to Assemblies and Liturgies - to share their Faith story and encourage students to reflect more deeply on how they can live out Christian values in their own lives
  • Praying with staff and parents – all meetings with staff and parents start with prayer/formation
  • Liaison with St Peter’s Catholic Primary School – pupils are regularly invited into Oaklands Chapel for workshops on Prayer, Faith and Worship, led by Oaklands Chaplain
  • Inter Faith Assemblies –  presented with representatives of different Faith groups to each Year group – these highlight the importance building respect, understanding and co-operation between people of different Faiths, and the responsibility of each one of us to help create a more peaceful and harmonious world
  • Local clergy who visit School regularly to celebrate Mass and contribute to other Chapel groups and projects
  • Oaklands News – Headteacher writes to parents with a spiritual and theological input specific for the audience