Journeying in the Faith – Prayer for the End of the School Year

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‘We are all God’s children

and will try to live, love, work and serve

as Jesus taught us.’

 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.

Revelation 22:13


       Prayers for the end of the school year


At the end of this school year we give thanks to God:

For all the teaching and learning that have taken place in our school,

both in and out of the classroom.

For the talents and gifts that have been shared and the challenges that have been faced.

For the burdens that have been lifted and the hurts that have

been healed.

For the respect and care that have been given.

We give thanks for the friendships that have just begun and for those that have grown.

For the faith that has been lived in our daily struggles.

For the hope that has lifted our hearts on the dark days and for the love that has kept us going.

We give thanks for the community that we are and we ask you Lord –

Bless our students as they sit their exams: may your Spirit inspire them with confidence and calmness.

Bless our families as we take our holidays, may our time together leave us with memories to cherish.

Pour out your love on us that we may return renewed and refreshed to continue our journey together .

We make this prayer through Christ our Lord.



St Joseph’s School Prayer


 At the end of this year we turn to God our father with our school prayer

Dear Heavenly Father

Friends of all children

Bless our school here in Christchurch

Bless the pupils and the staff who work here.

You chose St. Joseph to be the father of Jesus.

Help us to serve you as he did, and to live, love, work and serve

as Jesus taught us.


God be in my Head


 As we end the school year let us remember God is never far…

God be in my head,

And in my understanding;

God be in my eyes,

And in my looking;

God be in my mouth;

And in my speaking;

God be in my heart;

And in my thinking;

God be at my end,

And at my departing.


Quotes about Endings


“God wants us to know that life is a series of beginnings, not endings. Just as graduations are not terminations, but commencements. Creation is an ongoing process, and when we create a perfect world where love and compassion are shared by all, suffering will cease.”

Bernie Siegel

“Everything has seasons, and we have to be able to recognise when something’s time has passed and be able to move into the next season. Everything that is alive requires pruning as well, which is a great  metaphor for endings.”

Henry Cloud

“You don’t reach points in life at which everything is sorted out for us. I believe in endings that should suggest our stories always continue.”

Lauren Oliver

“You rarely achieve finality. If you did, life would be over, but as you strive new visions open before you, new possibilities for the satisfaction of living”

Eleanor Roosevelt


Quotes from our School Leavers as their time at St Joseph’s ends….


“I remember stitching with Nana May in Kingfisher’s class. Nana May is the best and I will never forget her. We would stitch every week on a Thursday. I thank Nana May and all the people that have helped me through the seven years of my life at St Joseph’s”


“Back in Year One at the Christmas party when the whole class danced on the stage I hid back stage behind the curtain with stage fright. But luckily some Year Six’s were there to comfort me. St Joseph’s will always be in my heart.”


“In Swans class I could not spell “because” so Mrs Dayantis told me to write “Big Elephants Can Always Understand Small Elephants” but I did not know you were only meant to write the first letter of each word so I started writing out the whole thing!”


“I remember when I was younger Natasha and I were flicking our shoes up into the air at playtime and mine went over the fence. I was really embarrassed as a Year Six had to go and retrieve it! I will never forget the teachers at St Joseph’s – thank you.”


 “I remember bringing in my snake, “Thunder” as part of my personal presentation to the class. He was very well behaved – although some were freaked out by him!”