Today, our school community came together for the first time this term in the Chapel to celebrate Mass of the Holy Spirit.
We are a Catholic school with strong traditions that date back to the RCE Sisters who founded the school in 1889. We pride ourselves on being a warm, welcoming and inclusive community, where we celebrate and nurture the unique gifts that God has given each person. Spiritual life at Farnborough Hill is very full. Every day begins with prayer and there are many opportunities for communal worship, retreat, celebration and contemplation. Much of the spiritual life is led by the School Chaplain with help from the RE Department and the Music Department. We come together for Mass approximately five to six times a year - including the Catholic Holy days. The Chapel is used weekly for Assemblies and various other school gatherings, since it is possible for our whole school to come together in this space.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in the liturgies by reading, serving on the altar, animating gospel stories through drama and dance, serving as Eucharistic Ministers and singing in the choir.
The Chapel is always open during school hours and pupils are welcome to visit it at any time. The architect was Sir Adrian Gilbert Scott and the Chapel was completed and opened in 1932 when it was dedicated to the Sacred Heart. It seems appropriate that the physical location of the Chapel is at the heart of our school.
Mrs Nelle Dalton
The role of the Chaplain is inherent in the vision and Mission Statement of the School: to support and develop the spiritual life and Gospel values of the School community.
Mrs Nelle Dalton works closely with the RE Department and other members of staff to facilitate many of the aspects of the School's spiritual life - daily prayer, whole school Mass, CAFOD Youth Leadership, Social Justice Club, annual retreats and more. She can be found in the Chaplaincy by the Year 7 form rooms, where her door is always open.
Read some of our recent articles below:
During Staff INSET this week, the School welcomed Catholic theologian, David Wells.
Our final Mass of the year celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart to which our School is dedicated and, this year, it was the turn of Year 8 pupils to help prepare for the Mass.
Thirteen of the Farnborough Hill Altar Servers in Years 7 - 9 went to the Portsmouth Diocesan Schools' Mass at Portsmouth Cathedral.
On Wednesday 17 May, the CAFOD Young Leaders travelled to Our Lady’s Help of Christian’s Catholic Church to attend day three and the final training in their roles.