The school is a Christian foundation, and Chapel services are an important and regular part of school life. The school day starts with a Chapel service or assembly at 8.35 each morning except Monday, and on Wednesday mornings there are separate assemblies for the Third and the Fourth Forms. All boarders also attend a full choral service on Sundays - Matins on the first Sunday of each term, and on other Sundays an evening service which is usually, but not always, Evensong.
Evensong is always accompanied by the fine Chapel Choir made up of boys and staff with two local prep schools providing the treble line. Boys who belong to other faith traditions may, with the Headmaster's permission, attend their own places of worship at the weekend. Parents, friends of the school, and members of the public are welcome to attend any of the Sunday services.
The Eucharist is an integral part of Chapel life. The Eucharist is celebrated each Sunday morning (except during August) as well as celebrations of Midnight Mass, Christmas Day and Easter Day. Parents and members of the public are welcome at any of these services. There are two School Eucharists in the Michaelmas and Lent Terms which all boys (excepting those of other faiths) attend and, if they are baptised, may receive Holy Communion if they wish. In addition the Eucharist is celebrated daily in the Lady Chapel with voluntary attendance.
Boys who wish to be confirmed are prepared for Confirmation at the school by the Chaplains. The annual Confirmation service is held near the beginning of the Summer Term, and a good number of boys from all year groups are confirmed each year.
On Remembrance Sunday a school Service of Remembrance is held at 10.45 a.m. There are three Carol Services at the end of each Michaelmas Term, one for the school (which also marks the end of term) and two for parents and friends. Each year a visiting speaker preaches in Chapel and gives a short series of Lenten addresses. The end of the school year, Skinners Day, is marked by a service at which the Master, Wardens and Court of the Skinners Company are in attendance. The work of the Chapel is supported by an association of Friends and Patrons which all parents are warmly welcomed to join.
The two Chaplains are both tutors in two Houses. They teach RS throughout the school, are coaches to various sporting teams, are involved in the school PHSE.
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