Our collective worship is an expression of our school Christian vision of offering a community, with a sense of belonging where everyone is known and loved by God; it is inclusive, invitational and inspiring. It is a time for worship, celebration, prayer, stillness and reflection. It is an opportunity, without compulsion for all pupils and adults to grow spiritually, rejoicing in what makes each one of us and our school special. It is a time for contemplation and for seeking to understand our roles and responsibilities in the school community, it is a time for praising God, for asking for his help and inviting Him to be active in the life of our school.
Worship is both planned and spontaneous. There is dedicated time for daily worship both as a whole school team in church and in school, and class team.
All members of our school community, children and adults, are invited to worship collectively and have the freedom to be present with integrity regardless of their own faith and belief.
We have a variety of Christian worship including music, silence, story and time for prayer and reflection and this enables all children and adults to be actively engaged in worship. A set element to our worship incudes a call to worship prayer, lighting of candles, singing and a blessing to close the collective worship.
Themes for collective worship reflect the church calendar as well as global and local events. We teach children the meaning and biblical context of key Christian festivals and reflect on the impact these festivals have on Christians. The music and worship songs selected fit well with these themes ensuring diversity of liturgical music. Through these elements and traditions, we aim to fulfil our vision of providing the whole school community with sense of belonging and the space to develop spiritually.
Prayer is a natural and valued part of the culture of the school, it is not compulsory or forced. All those who wish to do so, have regular opportunities to pray and reflect. Pupils make use of their own prayer and reflection through the school prayer and reflection boards in both the foyer and classrooms. Children’s and adult’s prayers contribute to whole school and class collective worship.
It is our vision that children and adults ‘have life to the full’ and in so doing, flourish in all aspects of their personhood including socially, morally and spiritually and are therefore motivated and inspired to give of their best in all they do. Because of the carefully chosen themes for collective worship, where the teachings of Jesus and other biblical teachings are central, the community appreciates the relevance of faith in today’s world and are inspired into action. Children and adults understand the key messages developed during collective worship and are able to reflect on how these teachings apply to their own lives, behaviour, values and attitudes.
Our vision that all members of our community have ‘life in all its fullness’ is borne out in our strong relationship with Christ Church. Both the school and church grow with God together. The vicar and foundation governors work closely with the headteacher, in serving and supporting the local community. The importance of building quality relationships within our community is an essential aspect of our Christian vision and values.
Worship at Christ Church is important in fulfilling our vision for all members of our community to have a sense of belonging and fellowship. Key Christian festivals such as Harvest, Christmas and Easter are all celebrated in church. Children and adults from school also plan and lead services with the church family for Sunday worship at key times of the year such as Mothering Sunday and Remembrance.
We regularly welcome Reverend Emma Stanford to school to support our R.E. curriculum and lead Collective Worship.
We love our children; we want them to feel loved, welcomed and safe in our school and in church.