St John's Beaumont
St John's Beaumont
St John's Beaumont

Spirit of St John's

As a Catholic school, St John’s Beaumont believes that we each have a spiritual dimension, as well as our physical, intellectual, emotional and social selves.

Spiritual boys at St John's Beaumont

As a school community, we seek to help pupils to become more aware of their spirit and to grow in their spiritual lives whatever religious background they may or may not have.


Spiritual Life at St John's

Reflective Retreats

Each year, boys from Lower Elements (Y4) to Rudiments (Y8) have a Retreat Day when they are able to reflect on their own lives and values, on their developing understanding of the world and its needs, and on their relationship with God and response to Jesus Christ.

Retreats are a key part of the school’s Jesuit tradition.

Prayers

Prayers, suited to the age and understanding of the boys, are said each day at assembly, in class, and before RE lessons.

A brief prayerful review of the day is done by the boarders just before they go to bed. And there is a formal sung Night Prayer in chapel at the end of the week for senior boys.

Masses

Mass is celebrated each Sunday for the boarding community and school Masses are celebrated to mark the great seasons and major feast days of the Church's year.

Every other week, boys in middle and upper schools will celebrate the Eucharist together in the school chapel.

Involvement

Boys have many opportunities to be involved in the liturgical and prayer life of the school as readers, altar servers, sacristans, by bringing up the offerings of bread and wine at Mass, and by singing in the Chapel Choir. As well as supporting our own worship, the Chapel Choir regularly visits other places to sing.

Holy Communion

There is a First Sacraments programme at St John’s Beaumont which prepares Catholic boys for first confession and first holy communion.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies is an important part of the academic curriculum and boys learn about the Christian story and Catholic life, and are prepared for Common Entrance religious studies.

We celebrate the diversity of beliefs among our pupils and families and boys are often invited to share their own religious traditions, and the questions they have about religious faith.

Reflecting

Learning to be a reflective person, attentive to one’s daily experience, is an important part of the Jesuit spiritual tradition and is built into each day in the practice of the Examen or 'Call to Action'– a moment to stop and take stock in a busy school day.


Examen

The Examen (prayer) is prayed daily in a great many Jesuit schools worldwide and is central to the life of St John’s in that is helps members of the school community, be they boys or staff to recognise the many blessings in our lives and to be grateful for these.

Is an important part of the Spiritual Exercises created by St Ignatius of Loyola and is a carefully structured prayer which boys become very adept at praying as they move through the School.

It has 5 mains areas which are used as moments of reflection:

  1. Give thanks (Gratias age): Spend a few moments in gratitude for the gifts and blessings of the day.
  2. Ask for light (Pete lumen): Ask God to enlighten you, showing where he has been at work and present in your day through events, people and places.
  3. Examine the day (Examina): Review the moments of the day, noticing what has led to consolation and what has led to desolation and our reactions to these events, people and places.
  4. Seek forgiveness (Dole): Ask God's forgiveness for the times when you have acted, spoken or thought contrary to his grace and calling for you.
  5. Resolve to change (Propone): Decide what in your behaviour or attitude you will try to improve tomorrow.

It encourages us to reflect on the smaller but nonetheless important parts of our days that we might otherwise miss: moments very often that characterise our interactions and relationships with one another.

Chaplaincy

There is a Jesuit priest chaplain resident at St John’s and a lay chaplain leads staff in providing a varied chaplaincy programme for boys of all ages. St John’s has a fine chapel where staff and boys can always find a place to pray or just sit quietly.

Boys at Mass

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