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Collective Worship

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and enter his gates with praise!  Give thanks to him and bless his name!”  Psalms 100:4

We participate in an act of Collective Worship every day led by a teacher or a visitor from a local church.  Our Collective Worship is central to the life of the school; indeed it is a tread which runs through the lives of our children and staff.  Adults and children will often refer to stories or examples used in our Collective Worship when discussing situations or problems they are dealing with.  Click here to see our Collective Worship timetable and here to see our Collective Worship Policy.

Organisation of collective worship

We hold a daily act of collective worship in our school.  All Y1 – Y6 class teachers attend with their classes.  All other adults are welcome to attend also.  The Collective Worship plan also includes whole school worship occasions, when all adults attend and parents and carers are invited too.

Children in Nursery and Reception participate in a daily act of collective worship in their classrooms.  The children in Reception begin to attend our whole school collective worship weekly after the Easter holiday.

The Head Teacher and teachers lead collective worship.  One day a week (currently Tuesdays), representatives from our local churches lead collective worship.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Collective worship is held at 09:55 am and lasts approximately 15 minutes.

Wednesday

Collective worship is Sing Praise which lasts approximately 20 minutes during which praise songs are learned, practised and sung.  The worship is supported by the Head boy(s) and girl(s) who open the collective worship by reading a verse from the bible referencing the joy and value of praise singing.

Friday

KS2 pupils are organised in vertically grouped Team Time groups through which they explore topical spiritual, moral, social, cultural and PSHCE issues.  This session begins at 2:10 and is followed by a KS1 and KS2 Celebration Assembly during which children from each class are awarded either ‘character’ or ‘academic’ awards.  Parents of children receiving awards are invited to attend.  A hymn is sung and the worship closes with the school prayer.

Common routines of Collective Worship

  • Opened with sharing the peace
  • A focus Bible verse or inspirational quotation for the week
  • Music
  • A hymn or spiritual song. Hymns are chosen to include:
    • those designed for children with simple theology
    • traditional hymns from the Anglican tradition; and
    • choruses / worship songs which promote spirituality and devotion
  • A story / drama / activity
  • Time for reflection on the message of the collective worship
  • The lighting of a candle and the use of words to explain the presence of the Holy Spirit during collective worship, ‘Christians believe Jesus is the light of the world. We light this candle to remind us that the Holy Spirit is with us in all that we do.’
  • Prayers
    • The Lord’s Prayer and the Grace are taught to children as well as responses from the Anglican Service Book
    • Children are encouraged to offer their own prayers

Collective Worship Council

School has a collective worship council comprising of children from years 4 to 6.  Their purpose is to review how collective worship is delivered in school, to visit other schools to share in their practice and to bring back their observations and share best practice.  The council are responsible for the delivery of one session of collective worship each half term.

The Collective Worship Council also maintain a display board in a prominent position in the school.

Church visitors

A representative from a local Christian organisation with lead a Collective Worship each week, following guidance given from the Headteacher. These representatives lead the Collective Worship based on the themes from our annual Collective Worship timetable.

Further information about our local christian organisations can be found here.