Collective Worship

“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

The Christian vision and values underpin the life of our school and are integrated into collective worship, embedded into school polices, displays and celebrated throughout school life. As a result, children, staff, Governors and parents know and understand the importance of the Christian vision and values. Pupils, staff and governors are kind and caring, support each other and work hard together to live out the school vision of “Together we love, learn and grow.”

The school’s core Christian Values are:

  • Love
  • Forgiveness
  • Compassion
  • Respect

The daily act of Collective Worship is central to the school’s vision and Christian Values. High quality, well planned worship informs pupils and underpins expectations for behaviour, attitudes and relationships in school. The school community enjoys Collective Worship as it strengthens our close family relationship.

Collective Worship is an opportunity to:

  • promote a sense of community
  • be educational
  • promote spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development
  • be a special time
  • enable participants to be actively involved

We follow a two-year Collective Worship programme. Each half term, we celebrate a new Christian Value. We also follow the church calendar and we celebrate in St Helen’s Church through seasonal services, led by Church clergy, members of the local community, staff and pupils of the school. All school Collective Worship sessions follow the school liturgy. The liturgy was developed to support staff and ensure that key elements of worship are consistently included. Please click to view the school liturgy. As part of worship, children are invited to join leaders in prayer or reflection. The school invitation to prayer can be viewed by clicking here.

We come together for a daily act of Collective Worship. This includes, gathering together for hymn practise and celebrating through song. Staff members also embrace the opportunity to lead worship across the week. On Thursday, a member of the clergy or a Foundation Governor leads Collective Worship. On Friday, we come together for Celebration Worship and celebrate children’s achievements. Opportunities are also given for pupils to lead Collective Worship; pupils have actively received training from the Diocesan Advisor to nurture and develop their ability to lead all aspects of Collective Worship.

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

1st half

2nd half

1st term

2nd term

1st term

2nd term

Year A

Generosity

Compassion

Courage

Forgiveness

Friendship

Respect

Year B

Thankfulness

Trust

Perseverance

Justice

Service

Truthfulness

 

Reflection Areas

Children have many places in school where they can go to reflect quietly. Every classroom has an area set aside for quiet contemplation and reflection. We have developed an outdoor, Reflection Garden; this area can be accessed by staff and pupils.

Prayer Area 

Prayer leaders have designed a quiet space where children are able to compose their own prayers. Children can opt to post their prayer to share in Collective Worship or write a private prayer to take home.  If prayers are shared in Collective Worship then they are added to a Prayer Book to remain in school. Some prayers may be chosen and displayed in the School Entrance for visitors to read. Prayer Leaders take responsibility for the Prayer Area and the organisation of prayers.

 

Prayer Workshop

Reverend Stasi and our Foundation Governor (Mrs Costello) kindly deliver Prayer Workshops in school. During these sessions, children are invited to engage in meaningful activities to facilitate prayer and/or reflection.

The subject leader for RE and Collective Worship is Mrs S Link.