The government set out its definition of ‘British values’ in the ‘Prevent Strategy’ (2011), which was designed to prevent the extremism and religious radicalisation of young people. British values are considered by the present government to be democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. The promotion of ‘British values’ is central to Catholic education at because British values have their origin in the Christian values of our nation. St Antony’s is a Catholic school which actively promotes tolerance, forgiveness and reconciliation. Our mission and whole school aims below encourage inclusivity.
The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales states that:
“The Catholic school aims to be a community within the wider Catholic body which promotes by its teaching, relationships and worship the following of Christ by its members. For its fruitfulness it depends particularly on the faith of its adult members and the way in which they are able to cloth that faith in daily living”.
That means the school should be “Christo-centric”. That Christ should be the centre of all that we do in our learning, in our leisure and in our worship. Christ then should be reflected in all areas of school life.
Collective worship is an essential element of the school day. Each year group has one formal collective worship and four form worships during the week.
- Collective worship is led by a senior member of staff for each year group in the school hall
- Form worship is led by the form tutor
- The school day begins and ends with a short appropriate prayer
- All staff begin their school day with an appropriate prayer at the daily briefing
- Special assemblies are prepared to celebrate the major liturgical seasons. E.g. Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
All pupils take part in whole school worship in the local community, i.e. a parish church, at least once per term.
In the student school planners, there is a list of all the school prayers for pupils to refer to.
The nearest parish church is St Hugh of Lincoln, Stretford. We are indebted to Fr. Michael Cleary for his support.
School Prayer: By Emily Millard
Help us to appreciate the blessings in this school, help us to listen and to realise what people are doing for us. Please make us thank the people who have helped us and allow us to give more to those who need it. Oh Lord, help us to understand the meaning of sacrifice, like the sacrifice you made for us and make us realise what St Antony’s has to offer.
School Patron: St Antony of Padua (1195 – 1231)
Feast day: 13th June
Prayers to St Antony:
Almighty God, you have given St Antony to your people as an outstanding preacher and a ready helper in time of need. With his help may we follow the Gospel of Christ and know the help of Your grace in every difficulty.
Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
St Antony, special friend of Jesus, I call upon you this day to be my special friend here on earth, today and all the days of my life. I ask you to be my special protector and I place all my thoughts, words and deeds in your care. I ask you to be my guide and guardian so I may please Jesus in all I do and say.
The prayer room is a quiet area set aside for prayer and worship. Indeed, it is not just for prayer, but also for reflection for other faith groups.
Every Thursday morning adult members of the community lead a regular prayer group, e.g. Father John Hitchen and members of St Ann’s parish.
When possible, a service will take place in the Prayer Room, led by the Chaplain. The room is available for staff and pupils who may need a quiet period during the day.
Our Lay Chaplain, Mrs Johnson, opens the Prayer Room on a regular basis for students to explore their faith and lead them in special prayers at certain times of the year; e.g. November, the month of the Holy Souls.