Collective Worship in our school
What do our children say about Collective Worship?
I like the hymns and prayers (KS1 child)
I like when we get to be involved like getting to act out Bible stories (KS1 child)
The person leading asks us throughout to ‘reflect’ or ‘have a think’ (KS1 child)
I like when we sing or do drama. (KS2 child)
You can sit and think about what’s being said (KS2 child)
I would like to sit and think for longer because we go straight out to play after Collective Worship. (KS2 child)
"We sing songs - we all sing well"
"I like praying for people in other countries"
"It makes me feel happy thinking about the ways we can help others"
"I like it when God gives us skills"
"It makes me feel like the world is in a cage and we are all safe"
(updated Jan 2018)
Arrangements for Collective Worship in a church school are the responsibility of the governors in consultation with the Headteacher.
Collective Worship in our school is carried out in accordance with the school's founding Trust Deed, and in accordance with the statutory Instruments of Government, available from the school or Diocese.
As a school we:
- provide an act of Collective Worship for all pupils every day.
- ensure that this act of worship can take place at any time of the school day and in any regular school grouping e.g. whole school, key stage or class unit but usually we gather together at 10.25 each day
- make it clear to parents that they have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Worship. This is stated in our policy and prospectus
The aim of Collective Worship in our school is to provide the opportunity for pupils to:
- worship God
- reflect on values that are of a Christian nature and on their own beliefs
- develop a community spirit, a common ethos and shared values
- consider spiritual and moral issues
- respond to the worship offered
- to provide an opportunity to celebrate major, and some minor, Christian festivals
- to celebrate gifts, talents and achievements
- to encourage respect and care for God's creation by a positive attitude to both local and global environmental issues
- to foster feelings such as awe, wonder, thankfulness, mystery and joy.
To be meaningful for pupils, collective worship enables them to reflect on:
- what it means to be a human being
- questions of meaning, purpose and value
- the best that human beings can be - inspirational, exemplars (people of faith or not) who have demonstrated through their actions, lives and qualities. Examples will come from religious and non-religious sources.
- personal beliefs and values
Adults and children lead worship in our school following weekly themes informed by the Diocese of Ely. Our children's CW teams are led by Year 5/6 and each team aims to lead worship twice each term. They are supported by in school resources and also by the Interim Headteacher, Mrs Thomas.
We warmly welcome parents, carers and other family members to join us in Collective Worship. We provide a schedule for each term so you are able to select when you would like to attend.
Please see below for the most recent themes and schedule for Collective Worship in our school.