We are excited about what it means to be a Catholic School. We know that by living out our mission we are equipping our students with the skills they need to change the face of the earth.
Every day begins with prayer; from the youngest in the Nursery to the Sixth Form tutor groups. Community and Faith Life Prefects are appointed to help co-ordinate and lead a variety of events during the year. They are assisted by a team of Community and Faith Life Prefects from each Senior Form class. Every Wednesday the celebration of Mass takes place in our Chapel. Terms always begin and end with Mass or special Liturgies. Every February half-term the whole school celebrates our Feast Day with Mass in Ealing Abbey. Our Carol Service also is held in the Abbey. These services are held with the kind permission of the Abbot of Ealing.
Those girls making their First Holy Communion in their own parishes also celebrate this important sacrament in school with our annual First Holy Communion Mass at Corpus Christi. As a community we also mark our older students who make their Confirmation in their parishes with a special Confirmation Celebration close to Pentecost. Both sets of students are linked together is school as part of our ‘Faith Friends’ programme.
With the kind permission of the Abbot of Ealing, several old girls also have held their weddings in the Chapel, showing how important the relationship between girl and school continues to be once they leave us. Throughout the year lunchtime prayers are held in the Chapel or the Prayer Garden, with the theme always linking to the Liturgical Year. Each Senior year group has the opportunity to take part in a retreat, either held here at school or at the Diocese of Westminster’s retreat centre.
St Augustine’s Priory Preps School Retreats Programme
|Be Spirited||Nursery to Year 6||Michaelmas i – September||Developing Prayer and Spirituality|
|Reconciliation||Year 3 & Year 4||Lent ii – March||Understanding and preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation|
|Eucharist||Year 3 & Year 4||Summer ii – June||Understanding and preparation for the Sacrament of Eucharist|
|The Great Mandatum -Service||Year 5||Summer i – May||Developing our sense of mission and service to others based around the Great Mandatum|
|UII Leavers Retreat||Year 6||Summer ii – July||Thanksgiving for and reflections on our time in the Prep School|
St Augustine’s Priory Senior School Retreats Programme
|Year 7||Summer ii – June|
|Learn about various female saints and how they can be role models for today|
|Year 8||Summer ii – June|
|Reflect on the gift of friendship and how they can be better friends|
|Called By Name|
(off site SPEC)
|Year 9||Lent – March||Explore God’s love for us from creation.|
(on site am
Off-site pm Somerset House)
|Year 10||Michaelmas ii –|
|Reflect on being a child of God|
(off site residential SPEC)
|Year 11||Lent i – January (after mocks)||This retreat equips the young people with the tools to help them build their life on Christ by discovering different types of prayer and learning from the examples of saints.|
|Time for silence|
(off site Tyburn Convent)
|Sixth Form||Lent i – January (after mocks)||Learn about the example of the Tyburn martyrs and meet some of the enclosed community in Tyburn and spend time in their Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament|
Inclusion, Diversity and Equity
The school has been involved in the work of the Faith and Belief Forum since 2010. We are currently linked with the Jewish Community Secondary School (JCoSS) in Barnet. A group of Upper IV (year 9) girls meet up three times a year with pupils from JCoSS to share their beliefs, ideas and experiences as young women of faith in 21st century London.
We want our girls to be hungry for change. During Lent Term each House chooses a charity to raise money for during Charities Week. We also support CAFOD’s Fast Days during Harvest and Lent. Local charities that we regularly support are Ealing Foodbank and the Catholic Children’s Society (Westminster). The students often ask for charity collections to take place for causes they want to support. As a Catholic school we work towards the Common Good. During Advent the girls provide gifts for our partner girls school in Southall. We want to set the hearts of students on fire. They will shape the future.