Saint Thomas' Episcopal School

Chapel

Walking in His Steps

Chapel is an integral part of daily instruction at Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School, to who we are and to whom we ascribe the greatest power.

Although we celebrate our diverse student body, we are a Christian school, and require that all students, regardless of their personal faith, listen respectfully and participate during Chapel.

Chapel, which is very similar to a classroom lesson, allows students, teachers, staff—and even parents, who are always welcome— a time to gather together as one to study the Word of God, sing psalms and praise, and self-reflect.

Whatever a student’s personal faith, Chapel is fundamental to moral and spiritual growth and maturity, and a reminder to all students to uphold our values of honor, faith, love, self-discipline, excellence, and respect for themselves and others.

STE CHAPEL TRADITIONS

Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School incorporates several of our own traditions into our daily chapel.

READINGS

Members of the senior class are actively involved in chapel, and are assigned a rotating schedule for daily and weekly readings.

BIRTHDAYS

We say the prayer below for students, faculty, and staff members on their birthdays or half-birthdays (for those with birthdays during the summer).

Watch over thy children as
their days increase; bless
and guide them wherever
they may be, keeping them
unspotted from the world.
Strengthen them when
they stand; comfort them
when discouraged or
sorrowful; raise them up if
they fall; and in their
hearts may thy peace
which passeth
understanding abide all
the days of their lives;
through Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen.

SCHOOL SONG

On Mondays the student body joins together in singing our school song. Our school song is both a prayer and proclamation of our faith.

All:
O God, help us all day to learn more of thy world,
To find thee in parents and teachers and friends.
Help us know the right ways and follow them truly;
Let us see the light on which wisdom depends.

Chorus:
O come let us sing to the Author of Wisdom,
O come let us sing to the Father above,
And then let us thank thee for thy loving kindness;
O keep us, thy students, in knowledge and love.

Boys:
O make us thy heroes, thy young men, thy brave ones,
And let all our strength in our kindliness stay.

Girls:
O give us the beauty of true hearts and gentle;
Keep us as thy daughters, our Father, we pray.

Chorus:
O come let us sing to the Author of Wisdom,
O come let us sing to the Father above,
And then let us thank thee for thy loving kindness;
O keep us, thy students, in knowledge and love.

MEMORY VERSE

On Fridays, the student body recites that week’s memory verse, which complements the lessons taught that week.

ACADEMIC HONORS

The Monday following the issuance of report cards, we invite parents to join us as the Dean’s List and Honor Roll is read. Students in grades 4-12 are eligible to qualify for these academic honors. To qualify for Honor Roll, a student's weighted grades must be 79.5 or greater and the number of A's must be equal to or greater than the number of B's. To qualify for Dean's List, a student's weighted grades must be 89.5 or greater.

SCHOOL CREST

Saint Thomas' Episcopal School Shield

Another important part of our Christian identity is our crest. The shield of Saint Thomas reminds us that a Christian’s life is ever one of praise and steadfast service to our Lord and God. The configuration of the shield is an upright spear overlaid by a carpenter’s square.

The spear, as the symbol of this apostle’s martyrdom, proclaims his resolute faith in our Lord. The square—a reminder that Thomas, too, was a carpenter—demands that each of build our life upon the foundation of the Gospel. Additionally, the story holds that Saint Thomas built a church in India with his own hands.