As a result of our history and geography, we have a close link with Gloucester Cathedral. We are very fortunate to be able to use the Cathedral for our daily assemblies (Chapel) and special services.
Most of these take place in the Cathedral. We try to address all sorts of topical themes and many members of staff and students (and various outside speakers) contribute to these. Some assemblies are led by the Houses or Year Groups. The Debating Team is involved in at least one assembly each term. To start the day in Gloucester Cathedral is a real privilege and these assemblies play an important part in helping all of us to be more aware of our own school community and the wider community to which we all belong.
Each term begins and ends with a service in the Cathedral and there are a number of other special services during the year. Our Remembrance and Carol Services are important events in the life of the school together with the Junior School's celebration of Harvest and Candlemas. There are services for new pupils and parents and for the leavers, as well as some informal voluntary services for staff and pupils.
A growing number of former pupils and former members of staff (and parents) come back to our Carol Services and it is always good to see them. Once a year King's has the privilege of taking the service at Gloucester Royal Hospital (we are the only school to do so). There is a special Evensong in the Cathedral to which parents are invited in the Lent Term.
The school has its own hymn book, published by Greshams. This contains some 170 hymns (old and new); prayers for use in Chapel (some written by people with a King's connection); a short history of the school and Cathedral, and our School Song.
School Confirmations are held every two years in the Cathedral. Confirmation classes are arranged by the Chaplain. The Chaplain is happy to answer any questions about Confirmation from pupils and their parents.
There is a thriving Christian Union, led by members of the Sixth Form. This meets in the Chaplaincy Centre once a week after school.
The Chaplaincy Centre
The Chaplaincy Centre is also the venue for the Parents' Prayer Group and the Friday Philosophers. The Centre is also used for various informal services and discussion groups.
Each year (weather permitting!) there is a Chaplaincy BBQ, a chance to celebrate all that has been good in the past year.
John M. Webster