To know Him, to love Him, to serve Him.
At All Hallows, children learn the language of the Christian
faith in the classroom, experience the love of God and respond in worship, and
live lives of service to others, sharing and celebrating each other’s failures
and successes daily.
Trying to put a finger on the spirituality of the school
could be likened to the futility of trying to pin down sparks from a fire. To
push the analogy further, the centre of the fire is the love of Christ to be
found in the hearts of the staff, parents and pupils - all those involved in
the community, both past and present. Stoking that fire of love of Christ, is
the Word of God (read and prayed together in tutor groups and chapel times)
and, especially as we are a Catholic community, the presence of Christ in the
Sacraments (Mass twice a week with occasional Confessions and preparation for
First Holy Communion and Confirmation where appropriate).
All Hallows Chapel, our sacred space for worship, has grown
from a small cruciform room tucked under the attics to a freestanding building
in the woods. 25 years ago, the Chapel of All Saints was
consecrated. The School Chaplains have always been generously provided by the
Benedictine Community at Downside Abbey, currently Dom Boniface Hill, and in
recent years we have also been joined by local parish priests, including Rev
Philip Thomas from St Theresa and St Joseph’s in Wells.
Pupils are encouraged to serve the worshipping community by
learning to be sacristans or Mass servers. Chapel Prefects help with the day to
day running of the Chapel. Each week, the whole school comes together for
Mass. Each tutor group will take it in turns to help prepare readings and
prayers throughout the year. The Chapel Choir, who have built their own
reputation, (Director of Music, Matthew Redman) make a vital contribution every
week. At the weekend, the boarders have Sunday Mass at 6pm which is also open
to the wider community, especially the parish of St Michael's in Shepton Mallet.