St Eugene de Mazenod

Catholic Primary School

'Go shine in the world.'

Prayer and worship

The school motto is “Go shine in the world and live as Jesus lived.” Through prayer and worship pupils are inspired to set their sights high and strive for excellence in every element of their school life. As they move around the school pupils are constantly reminded, through displays, of their responsibilities to care for, respect each other and shine out.


We pray every day together in a variety of ways. There are formal prayers during the day when pupils come together as a class to offer their day to God in the mornings, to bless their food and thank God for it at lunchtimes and to ask for God’s continued protection at the end of the school day.


The school holds regular assemblies when pupils are encouraged to pray and praise God through song and through prayers created by themselves. If a pupil wishes to petition God they are encouraged to write their prayer on a leaf-shaped card and tie it on to the Prayer Tree.


Pupils are given the opportunity to plan and lead an act of worship weekly. They plan and write prayers as part of classroom and whole school Masses and prayer services.  In every year group two children are chosen as prayer leaders and they lead prayer in the daily acts of collective worship.


Every day, in every class there is an act of Christian Meditation. This is a time to listen to God.  Music starts, pupils sit quietly and calmly and close their eyes. This time of listening to God is central to the school day.


Throughout the school year the school visits the Church of the Sacred Heart, the parish church, on many occasions. We attend Mass, Stations of the Cross, Sacraments of Reconciliation and Holy Communion and we worship in song at Christmas.


Parents are invited to all school Masses and prayer services to join us in worshipping with staff and pupils.