Our Catholic Ethos
Daily Acts of Worship
The College day begins with an act of worship, either in Tutor Groups or at Year Group and House assemblies. Prayer time in Tutor Groups will often be organised and led by the students themselves and all these times of prayer are related to our ‘theme of the week’, which links to the Catholic Liturgical Calendar.
The key Feasts and Seasons of the Church’s year are celebrated at liturgies which the students helps to prepare, including our Christmas Carol Service, Ash Wednesday Service and Easter celebrations.
Each academic year begins with a Mass for our Year 7 and 11 students, and concludes with our Leavers Mass. Every Year Group will also celebrate Mass together once a year with one of our local priests, and students have the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation during both Advent and Lent.
Retreats & Pilgrimages
In the past, pupils have participated residential retreats to Aylesford Priory. Another highlight in the calendar was our annual pilgrimage to Rome.
In 2022, Pupils will visit Walsingham House in Canvey Island for a 3-day residential retreat. This will be a fantastic opportunity to work with a well renowned Christian Youth Service Team in the Diocese of Brentwood.
In addition to this, we offer In-House retreats for Year groups through Drama workshops run by the Rise Theatre Group.
Faith in Action
In the Autumn Term, all members of the college are invited to donate items for our Harvest Appeal. This year all donations were given to the local food back in Lewisham. During Lent, the College community raises money for one local, one national and one international charity. In Lent 2022, we are pleased to support CAFOD and the St Vincent De Paul Society.
The Pastoral system is the central nervous system of the school. It reflects three key facets of student life. Strong Tutor programmes, caring mentors and ‘buddy systems’ which guide and council younger members of the school. Students at Bonus Pastor are split into one of six houses on joining in Year 7. They stay in this house throughout their school life, and gain merit points towards Individual, Form and House wide prizes. Each house has its own identity, prayer, flag, colour and tie, and all students within the house get a chance to celebrate their house throughout the year though House assemblies, Sporting events including Sports Day and their own Feast day.
Student Chaplaincy plays a huge role at Bonus Pastor. Spiritual growth is at the heart of what pupils do. Student involvement in worship and Liturgy is a priority for the college. The Chaplaincy team aims to raise the profile of Spirituality while making sure it is relevant and engaging for all students. The core aims of student chaplaincy extends to contributing towards the spirituality of the school, leading prayer, fundraising and creative meaningful assemblies, which reflect a Christian spirit.
Year of ‘St. Joseph’
Pope Francis announced a Year of St. Joseph, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the saint’s proclamation as patron of the Universal Church.
Pope Francis said he was establishing the year so that “every member of the faithful, following his example, may strengthen their life of faith daily in The year begins Dec. 8, 2020, and concludes on Dec. 8, 2021.the complete fulfilment of God’s will.”
Scripture, the Bible, the word of God is at the centre of everything we do at Bonus Pastor. It's in our prayer and worship, how we understand the world, how we are called to live and how we relate to each other as strong Catholic School community.
The year began December. 8th 2020, and will conclude on December 8th 2021.
Embracing the Gospel through technology
We live in a technological era and our school community have certainly utilised its capacity to share important messages about the Gospel, Feast Days and other important Christian announcements through emerging software. The Gospel is now ever more accessible for both Pupils and Staff.