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St Thomas More Catholic Secondary School

St Thomas More
Catholic Secondary School

The Prayer Room is used regularly by staff and students as a place of calm and quiet which makes it an ideal space for not only prayer and meditation but also for reconciliation and personal reflection. It is hoped that it is seen as an inclusive and welcoming ‘Sacred Space’ for staff, students and families of all faiths and no particular faith.

The Prayer Room is kept open during school opening hours. Throughout the year a range of activities are offered relating to the Church calendar. Students make visits that link with their RE curriculum, form times and other aspects of school life. The outside areas and gardens are also used for creative prayer activities.

The Sacramental life of our community is supported by our local Priests and Deacon Quinlan. We celebrate Mass every Wednesday morning at 8.20am . On Tuesday we have the Blessed Sacrament in School for Adoration. We also welcome ecumenical visitors from our local Churches including Youth workers and Christian Schools workers form IMPACT Christian schools work trust.

Regular meetings/activities:

Monday

Break time – Drop in

Lunchtime ICTHUS club Year 7&8  A Bible based creative club supported by IMPACT Christian Schools Work Trust

Tuesday

Before School: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Form Visits/ Drop in visits for Adoration.

Lunchtime Christian Union Year 9 and above supported by the Youth workers from Christ Church Bedford

Wednesday

Mass at 8.20am  Staff and Students

Break time – Drop in

Lunchtime Worship group

Lesson 5 as arranged : 6th form ALPHA enrichment activity supported by IMPACT and Woodside Church Bedford

Thursday

Staff Prayers 8.30am

Break time – Drop in

Lunchtime: 6th Form Faith Ambassadors as arranged

Groups

  • Cana Prayer group – a virtual group praying for our community
  • Coffee and Prayers every half term for parents/ grandparents and carers
  • Form Prayer Time visits
  • New Staff Induction
  • Small group resilience and self-awareness work

Occasional 

  • Exam time prayer
  • Blessings for special events, e.g.. Car Team, School Productions, Visitors
  • Ramadan drop in for daily prayer, support for Muslim students fasting
  • Cross curriculum opportunities e.g.. RE class visits, Design technology projects, History
  • Reconciliation meetings
  • Pastoral support in times of distress, sadness and anger
  • Family support meetings
  • Staff support
  • Rainbows Bereavement Support Groups
  • Exploring the Catholic Faith groups for staff


Form time prayer activities Lent 


Lenten Garden with Stations of the Cross 


CAFOD appeal 2017


Godly play from Mrs Gaunt IMPACT Christian Schools worker


REMEMBRANCE Garden 2019


ADVENT 

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