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:
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