Students in the Preschool and Kindergarten classes have a gathering called Chapel in their classrooms each morning. Chapel is seen as a positive way for everyone to start the day by coming together to express respect for our country, for God, for oneself, and for each other. Students learn the pledge to the flag, some patriotic songs, the Lord’s Prayer, and sing a hymn daily. In addition, the teachers discuss a variety of chapel topics with the students throughout the year that revolve around simple universally positive qualities from the Clairbourn Code of Ethics such as honesty, respect, and kindness.
First through eighth grade students and staff, along with parents who wish to attend, enjoy a daily school Chapel assembly in the Multi-Purpose Building. This morning gathering, before beginning academic work, is where students have a moment to pause, reflect, and start their day in a spirit of gratitude and calm focus.
After a prelude of live piano music, the headmaster welcomes everyone with short comments that apply to the upcoming week or school day. Then, to acknowledge the freedoms enjoyed in this country, the assembly is invited to participate in the flag salute where students say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing a patriotic song.
Sports teams and event announcements are shared and are then followed by a three-minute Chapel message and a hymn.
Starting in first grade and extending through eighth, the students present, in small groups, a pre-written Chapel message at the lectern in front of the entire school. This provides a wonderful opportunity for them to become comfortable with public speaking at a very young age.
While the Chapel message is rooted in the Christian Science religious tradition, it is designed for a wide audience of listeners and may include simple Bible stories or topics that cover universal values of forgiveness, gratitude, courage, honesty, and additional qualities that make for a strong and peaceful inner-spirit.
For students who have differing or non-religious family traditions, they are encouraged to value this morning meeting as a time for their own quiet reflection and gratitude for the good in their lives. Parents are always welcome to attend Chapel and many do so because they love the way it starts their day.
Clairbourn does not have any religious instruction in its academic program.