Reflection and Prayers
At St. Richard's, reflection time is a really important part of our school day. All year groups lead and participate in reflection on a regular basis, allowing them to take a moment with God. Each week the children focus on a theme, thinking about how they can embed this in their daily lives and use it to live out our School Mission.
"I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer." Psalm 17:6
Mass for Mary - May 2023
On Friday 19th May we celebrated Mary with a mass in school led by Fr Jamie. The mass was beautiful and allowed our community to come together to think about Mary, Our Mother. The Year 6 children led the prayers and readings. The children were invited to bring in flowers to lay beside Mary during the offertory and songs were sung.
And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God." Luke 1:30
Peace Prayer - April 2023
During our Gospel assembly, Hettie wrote this beautiful prayer all about peace. The prayer was written with such thought and care and was shared with the school.
The story of the crucifixion - March 2023
On Wednesday 29th March Year 5 and 6 retold the story of the crucifixion during a whole school assembly. The assembly really made us think about the events that took place and reflect on how Jesus died to save our sins.
"It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun's light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!" Luke 23:44
The Story of Palm Sunday - March 2023
On Monday 27th March, EYFS and Key Stage 1 told the rest of the school all about the first part of the Easter story, Palm Sunday. Their story telling was amazing and as well as telling the story, songs were sand and prayers were read.
“They took branches of palm trees and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” John 12:13
Lenten Prayer Breakfast - March 2023
On Thursday 23rd March, children and parents were invited to school to share in a Lenten Reflection and prayers, as well as having breakfast. It was such a lovely way to start the day, thinking about the Easter story, with around 65 families joining us.
Donations were made for the Lenten Breakfast and all of the money raised was used to support our chosen charity Cafod.
Ash Wednesday Mass - February 2023
On Wednesday 22nd of February we celebrated Ash Wednesday as a whole school. Deacon Barry came to school to distribute ashes and celebrate this special day with us. Deacon Barry told us that Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and how Lent is a time for sharing, fasting and praying.
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." Psalm 27:14
Reflection at St. Richard's
Year 6 and Year R share Reflection Time - February 2023
During the last week of term three, Year 6 and Year R decided to share reflection time with each other. It was so lovely. The theme for the week was Honesty and when the children were asked what this means to them, this is what they said:
Honesty means telling things that are true.
Honesty means you do not lie.
Honesty means you do not make up stories but you say what happens.
You can be honest with yourself by being truthful.
If someone says "you are perfect", be honest and admit that you are not perfect because no one is.
If you argue with your friends, be honest about what happens and admit you might have done something wrong.
By sharing our reflection with Castle Class, we can teach our buddies.
Our buddies will pass on knowledge when they become Y6 buddies.
Candlemas - February 2023
On Friday 3rd February we celebrated candlemas with Fr Leo. Each class took their class candles to Fr Leo to be blessed. Candlemas is also known as the celebration of the feast of the presentation of Jesus which can be found in the Gospel of Luke 2:22 - 40.
"When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him." Luke 2:39
Advent Prayer Breakfast - Thursday 8th December 2022
On Thursday 8th December we held our very first Advent Prayer Breakfast and it was lovely. Children and parents were invited to come and share in our Advent reflection and to enjoy breakfast together. It was wonderful to see so many people at this special time.
An advent prayer to share at home:
God of Love,
Your son, Jesus, is your greatest gift to us.
He is a sign of your love.
Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,
As we wait and prepare for his coming.
We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.
Celebrating St. Nicholas - Monday 5th December 2022
On Monday 5th December, year 4 told us all about St. Nicholas in a whole school assembly. This was really special and we then knew lots the following day, ready for when we celebrated the feast of St. Nicholas.
We learnt that St. Nicholas is the patron saint of sailors, travellers, clergy and school children, having devoted his life to serving the less fortunate and those in need. Celebrating St. Nicholas Day offers a time to reflect on that spirit of caring for others by exchanging gifts and surprising loved ones with little unexpected signs that you care!
Advent Mass - Friday 25th November 2022
On Friday 25th November Fr Jamie came into school to celebrate Advent with us. The whole school celebrated together in mass and it was a time to reflect on the meaning of advent.
Advent is the time we prepare and wait and for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas.
Celebrating Harvest - October 2022
In October we came together to think about and celebrate harvest. The children and staff were invited to donate items to the local food bank, as we thought about the importance of sharing. So many items were donated, such kindness and support from our school community. Fr Geoff came into school to celebrate with us.
"Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches." Matthew 13:32
Celebrating with our Partnership Schools - September 2022
On Wednesday 28th September pupils from our school attended mass at Aylesford Priory with all of our friends from the Kent Catholic Schools' Partnership. Archbishop John Wilson celebrated mass with us and it was such a beautiful day. Some of our pupils took part in the welcome procession. It was so wonderful to come together with other schools to celebrate the beginning of a new academic year.
Reflection and Prayer for HM Queen Elizabeth II September 2022
Today, we marked the passing of the Queen with a time of silent reflection in the hall together. The children created a beautiful and thoughtful prayer which was shared with the whole school.
Lord our Father,
We thank you for the Queen and everything she has done for us.
We thank her for her sacrifices and her love for all of us.
Please bless her and welcome her into the light.
We pray for her family and ask that you keep them safe.
We hope that some of you may find this prayer useful.
A Blessing For Our New School Year - September 2022
On Wednesday 7th September, Fr Jeff led a blessing of the school. It was a wonderful moment where the children listened carefully to his message. He showed them a plant from his garden which had some of the flowers in bloom and others still as buds. He told the school it represented the different stages of their learning and that to bloom fully they needed to think carefully about their learning and the opportunities school had to offer. The flower was then laid at the feet of Mary on our alter in the hall.
Prayer Vigil for the Ukraine Crisis - March 2022
On Tuesday 1st March we had a peaceful and reflective prayer vigil involving St Richard's families and staff. It was a wonderful moment led by Fr Jamie. A prayer was shared (written by Mr Taylor) which had been shared across the KCSP to be used in assemblies in every KCSP school. Afterwards, many families wanted to help those in need and Mr Taylor told us that he had been helping with aid where he lives. Since then families have donated lots of goods. Another member of staff (Miss Jordan) has a brother travelling to the Ukrainian border to share aid collected locally. The school has shared this information and has become a temporary collection site for this delivery. The aim is to send this physical aid on Tuesday 8th March 2022.
Holy and Gracious God
We pray for the people of Ukraine and the people of Russia; for their countries and their leaders.
We pray for all those who are afraid; that your everlasting arms hold them in this time of great fear.
We pray for all those who have the power over life and death; that they will choose for all people life, and life in all its fullness.
We pray for those who chose war; that they will remember that you direct your people to turn our swords into ploughshares and seek for peace.
We pray for leaders on the world stage; that they are inspired by the wisdom and courage of Christ.
Above all, Lord today we pray for peace for Ukraine.
And we ask this is in the name of your blessed son.
Thanksgiving Parish Mass - January 2022
On Sunday 30th January Fr Jeff led a wonderful Thanks Giving Mass for the teachers, Support staff, S.L.T., Grounds staff, K.C.S.P. and Office staff of all the Catholic Schools in the Deanery. Many staff members and Academic Committee members were present for this thoughtful and touching Mass. It was lovely to come together to give thanks and praise for our schools.
Thanksgiving Mass - October 2021
On Tuesday 19th October Mrs Huotari, Mr Taylor and 2 of our Year 6 pupils went to St. Simon Stock Secondary School to celebrate mass together with the other 23 schools within our Trust. Whilst the remainder of the school were not able to attend in person, we were able to live stream the event across the school and join in.
As part of the mass, each school was given a special School Candle to commemorate the celebration. It was a lovely to meet others from the schools in our deanery.
Mary our Mother - May 2021
On Tuesday 11th May 2021, the children and staff of St. Richard’s celebrated Mary, Our Blessed Mother, with a short prayer service that was streamed live from St. Paul’s Church with Fr. Leo. The children learnt many things about Mary, namely Fr. Leo's key message which was that Mary represents 4 key things to us. She is: Our Mother, Our Model, Our Queen of Heaven and she Shows Us Her Love and Prays for us.
As part of this celebration, all children were invited to bring in fresh flowers that were blessed during the service and then laid with Mary on our school altar, the front office and outside the building. The school was full of beautiful flowers which we thank all of our wonderful families for!
These are the prayers that we say together in School. Why not try saying some at home too.