Spiritual Life of St Ursula’s school
"The range of opportunities to benefit from the Catholic life of the school is outstanding"
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St Ursula’s is a centre of excellence for educating young women. This outstanding academic achievement is supported by a wealth of Spiritual experiences and opportunities for our community of students, staff and families to develop and share their love of Christ.
The school has close links to the local parish of Our Ladye Star of the Sea and through our commitment to the motto Serviam.
December will be a busy month for the students of St Ursula’s. We have many thing planned for them to fulfil their commitment to Serviam and do good deeds for others. First up is a visit to the Dominican convent next Thursday where the students will visit the ‘Over 60s club’ and enjoy some tea and cakes with them afterwards. Year 8s will be learning about exploring their particular project which involves creating gifts for the 999 club in Deptford. They will need to get a shoe box and fill it with items such as tooth paste, socks, sweets etc. and a Christmas card. This was a huge success last year and, hopefully, our current Year 8s will exceed the number of gifts we had previous. Our ‘food drop’ will run again this year with donations going to the Manna Centre in London Bridge. Finally, we are also running an exciting project for the last week of term, ‘BITES AND BINGO’ for local elderly people who may be lonely this Christmas. This party will involve a Christmas dinner, drinks, presents and bingo. If you know someone that would like to be invited or if you can donate some cakes, presents etc. please contact Miss O Sullivan through the school email and she will contact you to organise this.
The School has a Chaplain Susan Elderfield. Her role is to guide and support the spiritual needs of the school community by encouragingthe school’s pastoral care for the whole school, pupils, staff and parents.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
During Advent and Lent all pupils and staff are given the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Pupils came from 10.00am – 3.30pm every 5 minutes. It always a very special day that our Junior Liturgists help to organise.
Mass takes place in the school Chapel every Friday morning at 8.00am. This Mass is an opportunity to pray for any members of our school community.
Key Stage 3 pupils also attend the Parish Mass on a rota basis taking a full and active part in the service.
Year 7 and year 8 have a day of retreat in School facilitated by outside providers. Year 9 have a three day retreat to St Cassian’s, Kintbury. Years 10/11 are planning for a weekend retreat for the Summer Term.
Opportunities for day and residential retreats are very important for our students to experience various styles of prayer that are relevant and attractive for their age group. This experience enables them to develop their own spirituality and unique way of relating to God.
St Ursula’s as an Ursuline School has strong links to the worldwide network of Ursuline Schools. We regularly link with other local and international Ursuline Schools sharing our faith, learning and experiences.