The worship themes follow the church year and 12 Christian values are explored in a 2 year programme. The worships are engaging, inspiring and include a range of creative opportunities with the idea that the children will eventually become leaders of collective worship.
Our collective worships are a very important part of our school life and we follow the church calendar to lead our worships. Collective Acts of Worship (CAW) take place daily and are planned on a termly basis to incorporate all major Christian festivals as well as thought provoking and reflective themes and Anglican traditions. Worship focuses on the person of Jesus and His central position in Christian faith, as well as looking to God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The children start each CAW by saying a collective prayer and lighting a candle as a visual reminder of the Holy Spirit with us. All CAW include reflection, prayer, a hymn and reference to a relevant biblical passage.
A range of leaders include clergy, visitors and class teachers. The ethos group also prepare and lead our Collective Worships so that they have ownership and a real feeling of value. Additionally, every Friday we acknowledge and reward the children for achievements both in and out of school, promoting the ethos of the school that all children are valued and learning is celebrated.
Each half term the school focus on a different value. During celebration worship on a Friday, children are recognised and awarded a certificate selected by the ethos group for demonstrating that value in school. We also acknowledge and reward the children for achievements both in and out of school, promoting the ethos of the school that all children are valued and learning is celebrated. Parents often invited attend this worship too.
The projector in the hall enables the use of video clips and presentations to enhance children’s engagement. A focal point for worship is currently a candle, however this is dependent on the time of year and changes to other objects such as a cross or a picture of a dove to allow children to think about what a symbol can represent.
Each week different children are responsible for evaluating CAW, this provides further opportunity to incorporate their own ideas in future CAW.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Acts of Worship following a discussion with the Principal.