At St Robert’s we want pupils and staff to feel comfortable to explore their relationship with God, whilst realising that the members of our school community come from many different backgrounds, beliefs and faiths. Our school is a place, where all are valued equally and belong. We strive to create an environment where pupils can encounter the love that God has for each of them. Our school seeks to exemplify faith in action, working for justice and compassion, manifest in acts of charity and kindness. We work for those in need, and instil an ethos of care, tolerance and respect. As an inclusive family, we seek to help and care for the most vulnerable and marginalised. Our school is built on Gospel values, visible in the environment, relationships, interactions, and its day to day life.
Our Chapel is always open and a place of welcome. It is a place to pray, or to sit quietly with your own thoughts. A place to shed a tear when news is not so good. A place to celebrate important events in our faith journey.
Day to Day
Every Tuesday at 8:30 am Morning Prayer takes place prepared by pupils and staff. It is a time for students, staff and the wider community to come together to gather their thoughts and give thanks before the Lord at the beginning of a new day.
On a Wednesday afternoon the chapel is available for Y12 & Yr13 pupils for meditation sessions.
Every Thursday there is Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament from 10:00am until 11:00am and then after our weekly Mass or liturgy until 3:00pm. When possible, the priests will celebrate the Sacrament of the Eucharist otherwise there will be a Eucharistic Service.
Masses and Liturgies
All pupils at St Robert of Newminster Catholic School and Sixth Form College have the opportunity to be involved with preparing and celebrating Mass. Masses take place each Thursday morning (11:20-12:20).
In addition to the weekly Mass, Year 7 and Year 12 have a welcome Mass/Liturgy. Year 7 also have a Mass dedicated to them at the end of the year to celebrate their achievements. Leavers’ Masses take place for years 11 and 13 when approaching the end of their time here at St Robert’s. Each house has a mass on the Thursday nearest to their patron saint’s day and at the end of each term there is a staff Mass in the Chapel with each member of staff receiving a personal invite to the Mass.
Pupils are also involved in preparing our Community Mass which is held in the first half term in one of our parish churches.
During Advent small groups will come to the chapel with their tutor for prayer sessions in the run up to Christmas. Each house as well as the Sixth Form have an Advent liturgy in the last week of term. We also have a Community Advent Service in school. Staff and students also have the opportunity to attend Reconciliation with one of the priests during Advent.
In March, students from Years 10 and above will have the opportunity to go to Wembley Arena for The Flame Youth Ministry Conference.
During Holy week liturgies are held in the chapel for half an hour with class groups from Year 7, 8 & 9. During Lent all students and staff are invited to pray the Stations of the Cross in the Chapel or walk the way of the cross around school.
During the months of October and May on Wednesday lunchtime from 12.20pm all students and staff are invited to attend the Chapel to say the Rosary.
In November we celebrate Youth Friday, Saturday and Sunday which culminates in the Feast of Christ the King.
Year 7 will have the opportunity to attend Holy Island towards the end of their final term.
Year 8 and 9 will have the opportunity to have a Retreat at the Diocesan Youth village.
Years 9 and 10 have the opportunity to attend the Summer Festival.
Year 11 have a Retreat early in their first half term and a morning of celebration before they receive their ‘Record of Achievement’.
Y12 will have a Retreat.
Y13 have a Day of Celebration.
Y7-10 will have an Interfaith Day.