Ritualising everyday life (PWR)

PWR cropped.jpgRitualising everyday life occurs through rituals combining words, actions and symbols that make meaning of the mystery of life in the light of the gospel. Christians believe that all creation is good and is infused with the presence of God. School communities affirm the sacredness of everyday life by recognising and celebrating God in the created world, in relationships with others and in events and experiences.​

Ritualising life events PWR1​​​ Using prayer rituals in the school PWR2
Ritualising rites of passage (e.g. transition​ to secondary school, induction into leadership, engagements, ​retirement, welcoming new staff/new students, births in the community) PWR1.1​ ​Including prayer rituals in the day-to-day procedures and routines of school life (e.g. lighting a candle to begin meetings; saying the school prayer/motto at gatherings; times of silence and reflection before decision-making) PWR2.1
​Using or designing commissioning and blessing rituals to respond to life events (e.g. beginning and end of year, outreach activities, Mothers'/Fathers' Day, excursions, tours and representatives activities) PWR1.2 ​Promoting the use of scared spaces by individuals and groups to experience silence and stillness in the everyday (e.g. chapel, prayer room, or reflection/peace garden)PWR2.2
​Recognising opportunities to ritualise and prayerfully support members of the community facing issues of grief and loss (e.g. Light a Candle website, school newsletter, memories book, messages of sympathy, prayer rituals) PWR1.3 ​Making use of symbolic and ritual actions that are reminders of the sacredness of every individual (e.g. sprinkling with water, blessing with oil, sign of peace, placing of hands) PWR2.3
​Identifying and sourcing appropriate rituals, spaces, symbols and resources that may assist staff and students prepare for and respond to critical incidents and traumatic events PWR1.4 ​Incorporating simple ritual into classroom prayer, assembly prayer, staff and parent gatherings PWR2.4
Looking for opportunities to include elements of hope, joy and celebration in ritualising everyday events in the lives of students (e.g. educational, pastoral, sporting and cultural achievements, personal moments of awes and wonder, discoveries) PWR1.5​ ​Planning prayerful reflective practices as part of learning and teaching (e.g. reflecting on daily learning's, celebrations of learning, rituals related to the focus of learning) PWR2.5
​Utilising knowledge and skills in the arts (dance, Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts) to ritualise life events PWR1.6 ​Incorporating rituals of reconciliation and forgiveness into classroom practice, behaviour support strategies and the life of the school PWR2.6
​Promoting simple rituals for families to use in the home PWR1.7 ​Designing appropriate and meaningful rituals for use on retreat/reflection days (e.g. affirmation, reconciliation, awe and wonder, valuing self) PWR2.7
​Inviting parental involvement in prayer rituals (e.g. a father sharing a story of parenting during a Fathers Day Liturgy; proclaiming the Word; parents anointing children) PWR2.8