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Religion

At Haberdashers' we regard the spiritual aspect of education as extremely important, and we encourage all girls to attend assembly in the spirit of tolerance and willingness to understand another point of view. Each girl has the right to be proud of her own faith, and the responsibility to give others an equal right to their belief. The School has a Christian tradition, but welcomes the rich diversity of faiths within the community.

In the Senior School, every day begins with the whole school meeting in an assembly or House meeting to explore ideas, and to reinforce the school's values and its sense of community. We always begin with a hymn and end with a prayer, a meditation or a poem, and hope that girls will be able to join in this mutual celebration of something greater than themselves.

On Thursdays separate assemblies are held: Christian; Hindu, Jain and Sikh; Humanist; Jewish; and Muslim. Everyone must attend one of these assemblies and girls are expected to come with an open mind and a willingness to listen. These assemblies are taken by a member of staff, or by girls, or by a visiting speaker. Holy Communion takes place monthly and Roman Catholic Mass is celebrated each half term; these sometimes take place at the Boys' School. Girls may pray at lunchtime in a room set aside for them to do so.

In the Junior School there are no assemblies for specific religions and themes, stories and prayers are drawn from a range of cultures and faiths.  The Monday assembly is for the whole school, whilst the other assemblies in the week are separate for infants or for Key Stage Two.

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