Love and Serve Through Christ
“I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.” John 13:15
Our beautiful school Chapel is located within the heart of the school. Jesus Christ is our rock and our foundation. His Presence here with us feeds our faith and strengthens our resolve to Love and Serve Through Him in all that we do.
We are well served by our Chaplain, Canon Gubbins and several visiting priests. They celebrate Mass, Eucharistic and prayer services and accompany and support us on our Sacramental faith journey throughout the Liturgical Year.
We believe that Chaplaincy is about creating opportunities for encounter with God by sharing His love in the way we interact with others: walking alongside people, building relationships, being present for people and being a presence around school.
Liturgy and Worship
The Seasons and celebrations of the Church and School calendars work hand in hand and are marked with a wide variety of Masses and services. These are coordinated by the Chaplaincy and provide opportunities for whole school, small group and personal celebration, reflection and prayer.
Daily Prayer Slides are used each morning in tutor groups incorporating Scripture, Prayer and Mission.
Supported by their Form Tutors, students create a Form Collective Worship which is delivered in the daily year group assembly. These collective worship experiences follow the structure of Welcome, Word, Worship and Witness. Students are encouraged to be creative in their worship, engaging their peers in thoughtful and meaningful spiritual experiences, rooted in the Bible and relevant to their lives today. Each Form explores one of our school values as follows;
Year 7 – Love – love of others, Christ and oneself and how this can be demonstrated through action and prayer; the eternal and unconditional love God has for each of us.
Year 8 – Respect – respect for others, God’s many creations, the environment and oneself; recognising how precious each of us are in God’s eyes, each of us made in God’s image and quite unique.
Year 9 – Service – putting our faith into action by looking for ways we can serve others in our families, school, wider community and beyond; learning from the example Jesus set us as the servant king.
Year 10 – Joy – recognising the joy God intended each of us to experience in our lives through our interactions, the beauty of our world and the joy given and received through daily acts of kindness, generosity of spirit and of prayer.
Year 11 – Responsibility – recognising that each of us has a God-given purpose in life, everyone has a voice, a role and human dignity which we are all responsible for respecting and protecting: the responsibility given to us by God for our world and environment, including Pope Francis’ work through Laudate Si on caring for our common home.
Each week there is a voluntary Mass or Eucharistic Service, Rosary and Tutor Group Liturgies in the chapel. In addition, a monthly Prayer Station is created in the Chapel by the Catholic Life Team which follows the Church year and responds to current events both global and local.
Our Chaplaincy is fully involved in the planning and coordination of weekly assemblies across the school.
During Lent and Advent staff and pupils work together to lead the parish in liturgies in one of our local parish churches.
Retreats, reflection days and pilgrimages
Opportunities to experience Retreats are offered to every Year Group.
Year 7 celebrate together on day retreat ending with their Welcome Mass, celebrated by Canon Gubbins, to which parents are invited. Year 8 are offered a residential Retreat at Savio House in Cheshire. Years 9 and 10 are invited to join the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Flame Youth Congress. Year 11 take part in an afternoon of reflection as they begin their final year in school.
Whole school Mission Week is set to become an annual event at the end of the academic year, enabling all pupils to reflect on their faith journey and future.
The school Chaplaincy and the Catholic Life Team undertake works of charity throughout the year, supporting local and international charities. Through these events we live out our faith and put our motto into action; Love and Serve through Christ. In love of Christ and neighbour.
The St Cuthbert's Trust Chaplaincy team is led by Mrs N Coyle and supported at St Augustine's by our Chaplaincy Coordinator, Juliet Kaye.
Her background is in primary education within a number of coastal Catholic schools. In her Whitby parish, Juliet has been involved in teaching, preparing children and young people for different sacraments and being part of their spiritual journey. She is always looking for opportunities to encourage and engage others to love and serve their community in school, parish and beyond; really putting their faith into action, loving and serving through Christ.
The Chaplaincy Team fills a pivotal role in the life of our school by ensuring that Christ’s teaching is at the heart of everything we do.
Students are encouraged to explore their faith by leading liturgies and engaging in other spiritual opportunities. These include lunch time activities such as prayer time, Catholic Life Team planning and preparation meetings and Faith in Action Team meetings, where students are encouraged to engage with the local community, school and parish, literally putting their faith into action. The Chaplaincy Team also supports the pastoral care of our students and liaises with our family of local Catholic schools and parishes.
St Augustine of Canterbury
The conversion of the English to Christianity was begun in the year 597 by St. Augustine. A Benedictine monk, Augustine was sent by Pope Gregory the Great to carry the light of the Gospel to the English people.
The ruler of the Kingdom of Kent, Ethelbert, was converted to Christianity and made Augustine and his monks welcome by giving them a house in Canterbury.
Augustine’s way of life in Canterbury slowly began to make an impression on the English people and the town eventually became the centre of English Christianity.
Although Augustine and his monks were not responsible for the conversion of the whole of England, Augustine did dominate every sphere of the Church’s life in England.
Augustine died happy in the knowledge that his long journey had been worthwhile and his work richly blessed by God.
For details of our parish churches, parish priests and mass times please refer below:
Local church contact details:
St Joseph RC Church, Green Lane, Newby, Scarborough. YO12 6HT. (01723) 360358
St Edward the Confessor RC Church, Avenue Victoria, Scarborough. YO11 2QS. (01723) 360358
St Peter's RC Church, Castle Road, Scarborough. YO11 1TH (01723) 360358