St Marys CE Primary School Policy for Collective Worship

Organisation of Collective Worship.

At St Mary’s CE Primary School in accordance with our Trust Deed and with the statutory requirements, place Collective Worship at the centre of the school’s daily life. It is a time when we come together to share Christian values and experiences of our everyday lives, to develop the spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of our pupils.
Worship is led by different members of the teaching staff, a range of visiting church ministers, outside speakers and also the pupils in school. This enables us to provide an exciting and varied approach towards our collective worship and greatly enhances the schools Christian character.

The whole school attends Church or a Church Service at least once each term to worship and to reinforce our Church foundation.

The Headteacher and RE Co-ordinator in partnership with members of our clergy team produce a half term plan for collective worship, which include the themes to be developed, the visiting speakers, prayer themes for the half term as well as other practical elements such as the members of staff who will be involved.

The weekly Collective Worship timetable is usually organised as follows:

Main feature of worship Assembly usually led by:
Monday
Clergy – Church Lane
Praise and Worship – Rectory Gardens Clergy Team
Headteacher and Catty
Tuesday Praise & Worship Church Lane
Values DHT / Music lead CL
Headteacher
Wednesday Values – Church Lane
Clergy – Rectory Gardens Headteacher
Clergy Team
Thursday Class/Yeargroup/Phase worship Clergy/Staff member/ Visitor
Friday * Celebration assembly:
Star of the week, Attendance, punctuality, manners, values, sporting and extra curriculur achievements, reflections of the week

HT/DHT/member of the leadership team

Different groups of Upper Phase children are responsible for preparing the hall for collective worship.

The Nature of Collective Worship at our School

Communal and Personal Reflection:

Collective Worship at our school is a time when staff and children meet together and have the opportunity to reflect on the non-material dimensions of our lives together in the school community and as individuals. It is not regarded simply as a time to exchange information or deal with organisational issues. It is therefore important that wherever possible 1 member of staff per class attends Collective Worship. All Staff attend Clergy assemblies which places significant value on our special time together.

Praise and prayer:

We give children the opportunity to develop spiritually in the gathering together for Daily Worship to praise the awe and wonder of God and the beauty of the world God has created; to pray together, to learn about the teachings of both the old and New Testament with particular emphasis on the teachings of Jesus. We have Prayer trees for children’s own prayers which are used in our Collective worship.

Life Application:

Children are given opportunity to consider what is important in our lives, about beliefs and values, and application of their beliefs to practical situations in their lives. They are taught to understand and respect the beliefs of other cultures and religions. Talk partners are used frequently to encourage discussion and debate.

Celebration & Achievement:

Worship takes place through a variety of media such as Bible teaching, stories, songs, poetry, drama etc. Class led worship is often used as an opportunity to share experiences and achievements with the whole-school community and with parents and friends.

Family Community:

Through our Daily Worship we aim to bring an awareness of what it means to be part of a community, which cares for each other, for God and for the environment. In so doing we hope that pupils will develop the ability to explore issues for themselves, be able to reflect upon and learn from experiences and develop a sense of awe and wonder about the wider world whilst understanding their role and responsibilities to their local community.

Equal Opportunities:

Staff and Governors are committed to ensuring that opportunities for worship are relevant to all pupils and pay due regard to their ages, abilities and interests. We aim to recognise the equality of each child in God’s sight, whatever the child’s gender, race, physical or mental ability. Pupils currently take part in collective worship and often lead worship however each parent has the right to withdraw their child for religious reasons.

Special Education Needs:

Staff and Governors attempt to ensure that materials and subject matter used in collective worship are appropriate for the range of abilities of all pupils in school.

Planning:

Collective Worship planning is outlined on a Half Term Plan and includes several features:
• Biblical theme
• Anglican prayer
• Visitors from …. Church
• Visitors from other churches
• Charity for the half term
• School initiative eg Eco, Fair trade initiatives
• Healthy Clubs promotion developing God given gifts and talents
• Club performances each week
• Class led worship where the parents are invited
• Friday award celebration and performances with parents
• End of term visit to …. Church to celebrate main Christian Festivals
• Pupil led prayer for the half term ahead and interactive pupil prayer display
• Highlights of the half term and pupil led praise / thankfulness at the end of the half term.
• 1 main song each week

Monitoring and Evaluation.

• Strategies staff currently use for assessing the outcomes of collective worship include:
• observation of children’s reaction and participation during worship.
• feedback from children in class – written or verbal.
• parents’ comments.
• observations of the quality of worship by the Head teacher or Deputy Headteacher.

Church / School Prayer meetings

Hornsey Parish Church and our Clergy team are actively supportive of the Worship in school and each term hosts a communal prayer breakfast is for parents, Governors and any other people who are interested in the spiritual well-being of the school. The Head and Deputy Head attend this meeting and contribute to general issues for prayer helps us to pray into specific areas of need relating to the pupils, staff, parents and government.