Collective worship is an important part of our school day.
Each term a Christian value is selected as a whole school focus and each act of collective worship is planned carefully to explore this value in more detail.
The context for collective worship is different each day, this may include; Whole school collective worship, class worship, worship around song, a worship with our parish vicar and a celebration worship that all parents are invited along to. We celebrate a range of Christian festivals throughout the year, including Harvest, Christmas, St. Katharine’s day, Easter as well as times for reflection such as Remembrance. Our curriculum work and planned RE teaching takes account of other major festivals from different faiths. We are an inclusive community that values the faiths and beliefs of all.
We regularly use the church to support the developing spirituality of our learners; an example of this would be our leavers’ service, led by the children at the end of the summer term.
Collective worship creates a space in our busy school day to be still and reflect upon the world we live in, our place within it and our love and gratitude for it.
We offer children the opportunity to pray and reflect at different times throughout the day. Children demonstrate their thanks for the food we eat at lunch time with a prayer said in classrooms before they enter the dinner hall. During class worship teachers or children may lead a reflection as part of the discussion held during the act of worship. When we come together as a school we say our schools prayer:
We light this candle as a symbol of your love shining down on us,
As we see its light reflected in each others faces so may we remember to carry this love into our everyday lives in all our dealings with others.