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Prayer

Prayer is central to the life of San Sisto. The school day begins with prayer at the morning staff briefing. This is followed by prayer for students and staff in morning homeroom meetings. School and college assemblies begin with prayer, prepared by various homeroom groups. The college meets for prayer on the feast days of our House patrons: Dominic, Catherine of Siena, Rose of Lima, St Jude.​

​Meditative prayer occurs for three minutes every school day just before morning recess.  The main purpose of such prayer is to lead us to inner stillness and the state of being with and in God.  All staff, students and visitors participate in meditative prayer.

The Brisbane Catholic Education document, Silence, Stillness, Simplicity: Guidelines for Catholic and Ecumenical Schools reminds us that there are many benefits of meditative prayer:
  • Creates an awareness of a deeper sense of God’s presence in silence and stillness
  • Opens hearts to experience the gift of contemplation and a sense of oneness with creation.
  • Develops a sense of inner peace and calm
  • Leads people to the art of mindfulness and being present to the moment
  • Helps people to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Improves concentration and attentiveness
  • Slows down busy minds​