Our chapel, at the heart of our school
Like our chapel, our Catholic Ethos lies at the heart of everything we do at St Alban’s and this is reflected in the behaviour of our students and their academic achievements, where every child is valued and encouraged to fulfil their potential – High Ambition, High Challenge and High Achievement in a caring Christian community.
Liturgy at St Albans’s is about expressing faith through both prayer and action. Our aim is to encourage pupils in discovering their faith, support them in engaging with their faith by putting it into action, and finally, to equip them with the means to be disciples in their communities, responding to Christ’s call to ‘spread the good news’. All liturgical activities are supported by our Chaplain Fr David Hayman, other clergy, RE department and staff.
Daily Act of Worship
Whenever students meet, be it with their form tutor, subject teacher or in assembly, it begins with a prayer. We also gather for liturgies and Mass every Thursdays week B and at times throughout the year.
The school has a Chaplaincy Governors subcommittee that is led by Mr Allen (Head of RE), Fr David Hayman, Canon Collins, Headteacher and members of the RE team. This team helps to guide and reflect on the spirituality of the school.
The Pupil Chaplaincy Team
The Youth Chaplaincy Team consists of 16 members of staff and students who are interested in the spiritual and faith development of the school. Each year group is represented. The aims of the team are:
- To empower young people to live as disciples of Jesus Christ in the world today.
- To draw young people into responsible participation in the life, mission and work of the Catholic faith community
- To foster the total personal and spiritual growth of each young person
- To demonstrate the Christian faith in action in the school and surrounding community.
- To raise the self -esteem of young people and help develop the spiritual life of young people, particularly in regard to being able to express their feelings
- To help young people explore spirituality and faith and develop capacities for independent and critical thought including encouraging the setting apart of moments for stillness and reflection
- Provide learning material and situations that encourage moral responses and obligations towards other people and promote racial, religious and other forms of harmony
- To help students recognise and respect the diversity of the different cultures represented in the school and wider community