As boys mature so it is considered appropriate for them to be able to exercise a choice in their religious life.
This process begins in the boys’ third year, where a proportion of their weekday meetings will have a general moral, ethical, or spiritual content.
On certain Sundays, all boys from their third year onwards have a choice between a Communion service in College Chapel and an assembly, which in general will be addressed by an outside speaker on an appropriate issue.
On Mondays, alternate Wednesdays, and Saturdays boys in the top two years have a choice between a voluntary service in College Chapel and the alternative assembly, where a combination of masters, boys, and outside speakers produce short programmes on a variety of topics and in a variety of ways, but following the principles mentioned above for boys in their third year.
Recent programmes have included:
- A presentation by Mencap about the work of the charity, and outlining the uses to which the money donated as a result of the Eton Action Swimathon would be put
- A music master retiring after thirty years being invited to choose his Desert Island Discs
- A mini-hustings between the three main parties’ parliamentary candidates for Windsor on the day before the 2005 General Election, chaired by a senior boy from the Political Society
- Many boy-led performances; for example, a jazz trio, a group preparing for the RADA Shakespeare certificate, and stand-up comedians from the Comedy Society.
We believe that in this way boys are given the chance to draw back from their increasingly onerous academic commitments and to reflect on ideas away from their immediate preoccupations.