Founded on Christian values by the Anglican Order of the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, St Helen and St Katharine fosters a lively engagement with the Christian faith; where spiritual reflection, intellectual enquiry and tradition play an important role in the life of the School.
Weekly School Services
The Chapel is where each year group attends a service once a week. These morning services provide the girls and staff with space to reflect in a busy week. We sing hymns, pray, hear the Bible read and are uplifted by our outstanding Chapel Choir.
Other assemblies take place during the week, which follow the Chapel theme for that week.
All girls and staff are free to use the Chapel during the day to light a candle in memory of a loved one, write a prayer on the prayer board, or just sit and be.
Each term there are Whole School Eucharists and other special services which mark important days in the School and Church calendar, these are led by the Chaplain and Sacristans. Throughout the year, we have visiting speakers and events such as our Easter Labyrinth Prayer week, which aim to be creative, inspiring and inclusive to those of all faiths, and none, within the context of the Christian tradition.
Read an interview that shares the thoughts of two Year 8 girls about the Easter Labyrinth 2015.
Informal groups in each year group meet during the week to explore - through courses such as Youth Alpha and 24/7 prayer- what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century. Other small groups of girls pray for the world using the creative prayer spaces in Chapel or debate and discuss the big questions of life in a respectful environment.
Sacristans are girls in the U6 with responsibility for making Chapel a welcoming place, and the services engaging for all. They aim to be listeners and encouragers of younger girls in the school.
Confirmation classes take place during the Lent term for any girl or member of staff who wishes to be baptised or confirmed at the start of the Trinity term.
A parents’ prayer group meets regularly to support the life of the School and Chaplaincy and there are Staff Prayers each week.
Rev Katie Windle works alongside the Senior Leadership team in enabling the pastoral care of the whole school community.
Rev Katie can be contacted by email.