The Rule of St Benedict was written some 1,500 years ago for religious communities in an age very different from what we know today. Yet the wisdom of The Rule remains a clear and practical guide for modern day life and the complexities of 21st century living. Within our Benedictine ethos we discover how to structure community living which enables the individual to find personal strength, success and contentment whilst also establishing a genuinely supportive environment.
"Pupils' courteous and caring behaviour towards others, and their sensitive spiritual awareness of the world around them, reflect well their appreciation of the ethos of the Benedictine community." ISI Inspection 2017.
At Worth we recognise that everyone in our community is on a personal spiritual journey. Our experiences and relationships can be transformed on a daily basis by the power of God's infinite love and by our response to that love. Our Benedictine tradition encourages young people to go on a journey of self-awareness and understanding. It inspires them to consider by thought, action and prayer, to know themselves and their potential, whilst learning how to live with virtue and integrity. Their journey is not a solitary path but one shared and supported by the entire community.
Part of the support that is offered is that of regular prayer, the provision of an active Chaplaincy, the engagement of the monastic and lay communities in the life of the School and a strong culture of service. By these means and by a positive approach to community living, we aim to enable all pupils and staff to develop their gifts and talents so that they are equipped to fulfil their unique purpose in the world.
Pupils and staff are able to derive inspiration from our Ten Values for a Benedictine way of life:
- Community – we grow as individuals through a life of inter-dependence
- Worship – God is placed at the centre of our lives through communal worship
- Humility – we are honest about our strengths and weaknesses
- Listening and consultation – we listen for God's voice in our own hearts and in our encounters with other people
- Stewardship – we honour the goodness of God's creation by our care for the environment
- Hospitality – we welcome the newcomer 'with the warmth of love'
- Service – in serving others we meet Christ and grow in love of each other
- Fidelity in relationships – God is faithful to us and we find our true selves in stable and committed relationships
- Balance and moderation – the daily routine of the School takes into account our different strengths and weaknesses
- Silence – silence is required for prayer and reflection
The monastic community and our lay staff reflect these values in their daily lives and are able to represent the benefits of personal discipline, prayer, worship and reflection in all that we strive to achieve.
The rhythm of prayer and worship are the heartbeat of the School and help all of us to hold God at the centre of our lives.
We all believe that, more often than not, the path a life takes begins at school...