A Student's Prayer at the Beginning of School Year -courtesy a Parish of the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida

We give you praise, O God,
for everything that is new and beautiful,
for everything which holds promise and brings us joy. 

Bless us as we start this new year
with our friends and teachers
Help us to make the most of every chance we have to start afresh. 

May we show love to one another and to all.
May the new beginning of this school year
remind us that you give us chances to start over again and again.

Help us to forgive others
as we receive your forgiveness. 

Help us to learn and to work together.
Help us to listen when we should
and to know the best words when we speak
and when it is better not to speak. 

We thank you for our friends
Help us to be good friends this year.
Help us to be patient
with ourselves and with others. 

Bless our school and keep us safe.
Be with us as we travel each day. 

Help us to be aware of your love
shown to us in the people around us. 

Bless all those who care for us
In school and at home.
Help us show our care for them
and to say sorry when we need to. 

May the Blessed Mother Mary protect us
And help us to live as well as we can
Giving thanks and glory to God as she did.