As a Catholic school, St John’s Beaumont believes that we each have a spiritual dimension, as well as our physical, intellectual, emotional and social selves.
As a school community, we seek to help pupils to become more aware of their spirit and to grow in their spiritual lives whatever religious background they may or may not have.
Each year, boys from Lower Elements (Y4) to Rudiments (Y8) have a Retreat Day when they are able to reflect on their own lives and values, on their developing understanding of the world and its needs, and on their relationship with God and response to Jesus Christ.
Retreats are a key part of the school’s Jesuit tradition.
Boys have many opportunities to be involved in the liturgical and prayer life of the school as readers, altar servers, sacristans, by bringing up the offerings of bread and wine at Mass, and by singing in the Chapel Choir. As well as supporting our own worship, the Chapel Choir regularly visits other places to sing.
There is a First Sacraments programme at St John’s Beaumont which prepares Catholic boys for first confession and first holy communion.
Religious Studies is an important part of the academic curriculum and boys learn about the Christian story and Catholic life, and are prepared for Common Entrance religious studies.
We celebrate the diversity of beliefs among our pupils and families and boys are often invited to share their own religious traditions, and the questions they have about religious faith.
Learning to be a reflective person, attentive to one’s daily experience, is an important part of the Jesuit spiritual tradition and is built into each day in the practice of the Examen or 'Call to Action'– a moment to stop and take stock in a busy school day.
The Examen (prayer) is prayed daily in a great many Jesuit schools worldwide and is central to the life of St John’s in that is helps members of the school community, be they boys or staff to recognise the many blessings in our lives and to be grateful for these.
Is an important part of the Spiritual Exercises created by St Ignatius of Loyola and is a carefully structured prayer which boys become very adept at praying as they move through the School.
It encourages us to reflect on the smaller but nonetheless important parts of our days that we might otherwise miss: moments very often that characterise our interactions and relationships with one another.