As a Church school, prayer and reflection are central to all that we do as they contribute to the spiritual development of the whole school community. We pray together daily and there are opportunities for Christian reflection outside collective worship. We have a school prayer which we say together at the start of the school year, at the end of each term in our Church service and at special services such as St Martin’s Day and Founders Day. We also say the Lord’s Prayer and know that this is how the Lord taught us to pray.
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: “‘Father, hallowed be your name your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation”. Luke 11:1-4
At the beginning of each lesson, students commit their learning to God in an affirmation which includes the school expectations. We have special prayers that are said at the beginning of every examination. We also have a Prayer Tree in the Student Services Reception area where students and staff can write prayers and hang them up for everyone to read and share. Prayer requests are also read out in whole school Collective Worship. We have a coin version of this in the Sixth Form Reception.
We offer Prayer time for staff in the school Chapel. We also have many opportunities for students to pray on an individual basis, one-to-one or in small groups. As a school that respects and embraces all faiths and those with no faith, we provide a quiet space for Muslim students to pray.
Each of our school values, Service, Compassion, Justice, Perseverance has a special prayer that has been written by our students.
Expectations Prayer Tree in Student Services Prayer Coin In Sixth form
Almighty and everlasting Father,
hear the prayers of this School,
founded by the church in the Fields
in the name of Thy servant Martin.
We praise Thee for all the opportunities
given to us in it, for both work and play.
We thank Thee for the wisdom of men and women
who have guided us since our foundation.
We pray for those who govern us now,
and for those who teach
and for those who learn,
and for all those who serve our needs.
Help each one of us to be like St. Martin, and serve Thee
by giving ourselves in service to our fellow men,
So that we too come to find the joy and riches
that do not pass away. Amen