Prayer forms a central part of our everyday routine. We pray to give thanks, to ask for help, and to worship our Lord. We pray in a variety of ways and in the languages of our ākonga. We use and learn about our Traditional prayers as well as using and learning about imaginative prayer.


This is a traditional prayer that our children learn at school.

October is the month of the Rosary. We learn to say the Rosary together in class and as a whole school community.

Hail Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace,

the Lord is with you.

Blessed are you among women,

and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now and at the hour of our death.


Colours in the Church Year

Different colours are used on the altar and for the priest's Mass vestments at different times of the year. These colours indicate something about the time of the year. Purple, which symbolised repentance is the colour for Lent and Advent. in our classrooms we use the Liturgical colour on our prayer table.

Traditional Prayer

In Term Four, week one, the learning in Religious Education is around the Traditional Prayers of the Catholic Church.

Traditional Catholic prayers are like family heirlooms passed on from generation to generation. They include many of the best known Catholic prayers such as The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, and the Apostles' Creed.

Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God,

the Father almighty,

Creator of heaven and earth,

and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died and was buried;

he descended into hell;

on the third day he rose again from the dead;

he ascended into heaven,

and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;

from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and life everlasting. Amen.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father,

who art in heaven,

hallowed be thy name;

thy kingdom come;

thy will be done

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread;

and forgive us our trespasses

as we forgive those who trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.


Morning Prayer

God, our Father, I offer you today

all that I think and do and say.

I offer it with what was done

on earth by Jesus Christ, your Son.


Glory Be to the Father (Doxology)

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son,

and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning,

is now, and ever shall be,

world without end.



Karakia Timatanga

He hōnore, he korōria ki te Atua

He maungārongo ki te whenua

He whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa

Hangā e te Atua he ngākau hou

Ki roto, ki tēnā, ki tēnā o mātou

Whakatōngia to wairua tapu

Hei awhina, hei tohutohu i a mātou

Hei ako hoki i ngā mahi mō tēnei rā


Honour and glory to God

Peace on Earth

Goodwill to all people

Lord, develop a new heart

Inside all of us

Instil in us your sacred spirit

Help us, guide us

In all the things we need to learn today


This prayer can be said at the start of a meeting.

He Karakia mo te mutunga o te rā -

Kia tau

Kia tātou katoa

Te atawhai o tātou Ariki a Ihu Karaiti

Me te aroha o te Atua

Me te whiwhinga tahi tanga

Ki te Wairua tapu

Ake ake ake


2 Corinthians 13:14

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ,

and the love of God,

and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all

Forever and ever


This prayer can be said at the end of a meeting.

E te Atua

Whakapainga ēnei kai

Hei oranga mō ō mātou tinana

Whāngaia hoki ō mātou wairua ki te taro o te ora

Ko Ihu Karaiti tō mātou Ariki

Ake, ake, ake


Lord God

Bless this food

For the goodness of our bodies

Feeding our spiritual needs also with the bread of life

Jesus Christ, our Lord

Forever and ever


Blessing over food

Creative Prayers

Praying in Colour

Colour Prayer

This method of prayer has captured the children's imagination and artistic skills. It can be added to, once started, and can be used as a quiet, reflective activity for the whole family. How about putting a piece of paper and a box of coloured felts on the table and let everyone add to it as they feel the need? An awesome family prayer activity for the holidays!

How to Pray Poster for Kids.pdf

This is a poster that we have on our walls at school. It answers some questions that children have around prayer. Feel free to download this poster and put it up at home.

Below is a lovely prayer that was written in World War II. It still holds an important place in our daily lives today!

Prayer for Protection