St Mary’s Hall welcomes children from all faiths and none. However, we are a Catholic school in the Jesuit tradition, and this is at the heart of all that we do. All are encouraged to take an active part and be involved as much as they can be in the religious life of the school.
Classes take it in turns to lead the weekly Mass, which is celebrated by the whole community, with parents and family members welcome to attend. St Mary’s Hall has its own beautiful chapel and there are six further chapels on the Stonyhurst estate. At key points in the term and on Catholic Feast Days we come together in the inspiring surroundings of St Peter’s church to celebrate Mass as a whole Stonyhurst community, with children aged 3-18 praising God together.
Jesuit principles provide a solid foundation for our mission to develop our pupils’ unique talents, Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, for the greater glory of God, and to find God in all things. We use the Jesuit Pupil Profile as a way of talking to children about what it means to be a good person and to live one’s life well, encouraged by the values and virtues proclaimed in the gospel. As a community, we aim to live by these values in all that we do and we give children the opportunity to learn more about themselves, their local community and the world around them.
With Christ at the centre of our caring, supportive and prayerful community of pupils, staff and parents, we know our children as individuals, provide for their specific needs and help them to grow with the long-term goal of becoming well-rounded men and women for others in the Ignatian tradition.
We inspire our children to find God in the majesty of His creation, to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them and to live up to our school motto, Quant je puis, all that I can, in their every endeavour.
Saint Ignatius Loyola (founder of the Society of Jesus and Jesuit schools), called us to ‘Go forth and set the world on fire’. At St Mary’s Hall we are preparing the children for their future, in which they will use their gifts, knowledge and energies to make the world a better place.