A daily act of collective worship is central to the Christ-centred ethos of our school and to our mission of ‘finding Christ in each other’. Worship in our school is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God.
Each act of worship follows the four fold action of Gathering, hearing God’s Word, Responding to the Word and being sent forward with a Mission based on the worship we have participated in.
Our Collective Worship uses a wide variety of resources and styles. Our worship takes many different forms and we gather in a variety of groupings:
We gather together as a school community for whole school collective worship on a Monday. On a Monday, worship is led by Mrs Bruton or Mrs Parker and our focus is usually on the Gospel reading from the previous Sunday. This is a theme we will have encountered through the previous week’s ‘Wednesday Word’ and at church on Sunday. We also take this opportunity to link the Gospel theme to current events and theme weeks for example: Easter Sunday was taught through the theme of the Worlds Most Important Events; Love one another – a chance to look at how bullying can affect people; The Ten Commandments – The importance of rules in society. Sometimes this links to events that are happening in the news or sometimes a theme.
Some of the different things we have learnt about are :-
- Anti Bullying
- Great world events
- Different faiths such as Judaism
- The Magna Carter
- Civil Rights
- New beginnings
- Our school mission statement
- Death and new life
- The General Election
- Pope Francis
- Keeping safe in the sun
On a Tuesday, the focus is responding to the Word in song and looking outwards at the wider world and at what we can do to make it better.
On Wednesday (KS2) and Thursday (KS1) each Key Stage gathers for Collective Worship led by a member of the teaching staff based on the Statements to Live By scheme. On the day when they are not participating in Key Stage Collective Worship, each class worship together as a class community, being led in rotation by pupil Collective Worship groups. Worship planning is supported by the class teacher
On Fridays, we come together to celebrate our achievements and successes. The children create their own prayers to read at this assembly and take the time to dedicate intentions to people who are special to them. We look at a school value and think about ways we can live out this value.
In addition to these opportunities to worship, Mass is celebrated each Wednesday at 9:15 in the School Chapel. A class attend each week and parents and parishioners are most welcome to join us.
During Lent and Advent we invite parents to join with us and ‘Stay and Pray’, this is an opportunity for parents to join with us in prayer and reflection.
Every day at 1pm the children enter their classroom and meditate and reflect using an image and music.
Each class contains a Wonder Wall – we ask the children to share what they wonder about and help them to understand that it is ok to not have the answers.
First Holy Communion
Children who are baptised Catholics are invited to take part in the Sacramental programme for First Holy Communion. This is taught as part of the Come and See RE Curriculum in Class 4. Once a month the candidates and parents come together with catechists at 6pm in school to learn more about the sacraments.
If you would like your child to make their First Holy Communion please contact Fr David Coxon.
Key Stage Collective Worship
Here is a list of the themes we have looked at in our Key Stage Assemblies. We use a programme called ‘Statements to Live by’.
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