Our School falls within the boundaries of Shrine of Our Lady of Willesden parish. Fr. Stephen Willis is a regular visitor to school and the parish hosts some of our larger Masses during the year.
We take part in the annual May Procession, which traditionally stops at the Convent for prayer and reflection en route. In 2014, we coordinated the celebration of Education Sunday in the parish.
We have close links with other parishes in the Brent Deanery, especially St. Mary Magdalen’s in Willesden Green and Five Precious Wounds in Stonebridge.We welcome priests from our local parishes, who offer Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation in school during the academic year.
We work closely with over 50 primary schools to ensure new pupils are mentally and emotionally prepared for the move up to year seven. New pupils starting year seven can sometimes find the transition to secondary school a traumatic experience. By working with primary pupils throughout years five and six, the aim is that they already feel part of the Jesus and Mary community when they start year seven. By visiting our primary schools and offering curriculum opportunities we ensure relationships between staff and pupils are strong and consistent. Such partnership ensures our primary school communities learn about our values very quickly. Through a strong transition programme we are able to identify which students are going to need greater support through the transition process. We live St Claudine’s values as we strive to support the students who need greater care.
In particular we are able to share aspects of the Liturgical life of our school with other schools in the deanery. In preparation for celebrating Education Sunday we liaised with our
closely with Newman Catholic College and St Joseph’s. In a reciprocal manner we have been able to share in the prayer life of other schools.
Staff, especially the RE department and the Chaplain, regularly attend meetings and training offered by the Diocese.
As well as taking part in the annual Diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, we attend the Good Shepherd Mass with the Catholic Children’s Society.
We were delighted to welcome Archbishop Vincent (now Cardinal) to celebrate our 125 Mass in October 2013. Bishop John Arnold celebrated our Year13 Leavers’ Mass in May 2014.
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We are part of the European Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary.
Every year the European Province of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (RJM) hosts a Youth Conference in Lyon. Student from Year 12 represent our school, meeting students at Jesus and Mary Schools across Europe. We visit the places of St. Claudine, where she lived, prayed and founded the Religious of Jesus and Mary.