St Anthony's School Hampstead

St Anthony's Girls School Hampstead

Our Ethos

St. Anthony's aims to provide high quality education in a caring, supportive and Catholic environment, infused by Christ's Gospel, in order that each of our pupils is able to develop fully as an individual, well-adjusted to the wider community.

Catholic Life

“Cor ad Cor loquitur” - “Heart speaks unto Heart”
Blessed John Henry Newman

St. Mary's ChurchMass attendance

School masses are held at St. Mary's Church, Holly Place. All parents are invited to attend and join the school in prayer on these important days in the school year. Parents who do not wish their son to attend Mass need to notify the school by completing the relevant form attached to the September Newsletter or obtained from the school office.


First Holy Communion

The diocese prefers boys to make their First Holy Communion in their own parish as part of their local community. However, with the blessing of our local parish priest, the school is happy to prepare Catholic children, in Year 3 or above, for this important landmark in the development of their faith. Preparation lessons normally take place on Mondays after school from 15:30 until 16:15 in the Junior House. Classes start in


September and continue throughout the year until the time of the First Communion Mass in the summer term.

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 Assemblies and Prayer

School assemblies, usually with praSt. Anthony of Paduayers and hymns, are a regular feature of school life. These are mostly, but not exclusively, Christian or Judaeo-Christian, in nature. Prayers are also said as part of the daily routine of each class, usually at the end of the day.


St. Paul reminds us that the body is made up of many parts and that each part is equally important. "If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness" (1 Corinthians 12). Our Catholic school, too, has many parts, including those from other faiths. All members of our school community are equally important to us and all have an equal part to play in ensuring that we achieve the aims of our school.





The arrival of the new English translation of the Catholic Mass in the autumn, accompanied by a collection of chant for the sung parts of the Mass, has presented us with exciting opportunities for learning enrichment. The school choirs have enjoyed learning the new settings of the Mass, and these have now been integrated, and continue to be used in the school Masses, producing beautiful results. Through the new chant settings, the choirs have also been able to learn about Gregorian chant, and how it has been an important part of the Catholic tradition for more than a millennium. We have also discussed how chant differs from more recent western music, and how it should be sung correctly.Gregorian chant



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