We believe at this school that collective worship both supports and strengthens what we aim to do in every aspect of school life. Our caring ethos, and the value which we place on the development of the whole child; spiritually, morally, socially, culturally and intellectually is reflected in our worship. We value this special time in the school day for the space it gives children to develop a reflective approach to life and the ability to express their reflections in traditionally religious ways or any other appropriate manner.
Through our collective worship we aim to provide a caring and supporting environment for children to:
- Become increasingly aware of themselves as individuals and groups within the school and wider community
- Grow in understanding of the feelings of other people in every day situations and beliefs
- Explore the language which people use to express their feelings
- Deepen their sense of wonder about the world around them
- Grow in confidence when making a presentation to the group or whole school
- Respond freely to religious and/or spiritual stimulus
- Acknowledge diversity and affirm each person’s life stance, whether it be religious or not
Collective Worship is led by the Headteacher, members of the Senior Leadership Team, class teachers, ministers from Clubhouse and All Souls Church, and other guest speakers throughout the year.
Worship both reflects and nurtures the ethos of the whole school. It encompasses all aspects of school life and all areas of the curriculum so that every member of staff and every pupil may feel involved. In particular school worship here develops the feeling of belonging to a community which is essential for personal development and spiritual growth.
RECENT SPECIAL COLLECTIVE WORSHIPS:
Our Pentecost Service was on Tuesday 15th May 2018.
It was a wonderful occasion celebrating the Holy Spirit in preparation for Pentecost this Sunday, 20th May.
We had lots of children demonstrating speaking in different languages and how important communication was in order to start the Christian Church.
The choir sang beautifully and we ended with a lovely blessing from Trevor.
Click here the booklet.
On Monday 26th March, the whole school walked to All Souls Church at Langham Place for our annual Easter Service.
The whole of EYFS kicked off proceedings by retelling the story of Palm Sunday, representatives from Years 1-6 then retold each day of Holy Week which culminated in our Collective Worship Junior Leaders speaking on the Good News that Easter Sunday brings us.
Trevor from Clubhouse gave an address to us all and even used a real Easter egg to illustrate the meaning of finding an empty tomb!
We sang lots of new Easter songs this year and the school choir performed 'This Little Light Of Mine' with soloists too.
Thank you to all who helped to make this service possible.
We held our annual Candlelit Carols at All Souls Church, Langham Place on the last day of term.
It was a very special occasion as this this year the children retold the Christmas Story.
Click here to see the visuals we used alongside the story.
Our Key Stage 1 Nativity and Key Stage 2 Christmas Performance were on Thursday 14th December and Friday 15th December.
Every single child was utterly brilliant in their role!
The true message of Christmas really exuded from every part of the performances.
A huge thank you to everyone who made these big performances possible.
Our EYFS Christmas Performance was on Tuesday 11th December 2017 at was a huge success.
The Butterflies and Caterpillars excelled themselves in their retelling of the Nativity Story!
Our Advent Service was held on Friday 1st December.
We reminded ourselves of what the season Advent is for - to prepare ourselves for Christmas!
We spoke about how waiting can be hard but that it can we worth it in the end.
During each week of Advent we are going to focus and reflect on a different element of preparation - listening, watching, waiting and welcoming.
Please click here if you'd like to find out more about this.
Our Remembrance Service was held on Friday 10th November.
This was a very good way to say thank you to all the men and women in our armed forces who have protected us for over a hundred years.
Each class made their own poppy wreath, wrote a class prayer and released a balloon in remembrance.
Trevor from Clubhouse spoke with us and we also had Junior from All Souls Orchestra to play The Last Post when we were on the top playground.
Remembrance Day Service 2017 booklet.
Our Harvest Festival on Friday 13th October 2017 at Clubhouse was an amazing success!
We sang, performed and prayed together in celebration of all the things we are lucky to have.
Together, we collected a great deal of items for the charity ASLAN.
Click here for the Harvest programme.
We were so lucky to have John from Barnabas in School visit us in July for a whole day learning about, "
WHO AM I?"
John kick-started the day with one of the most energetic solo-performances we've ever seen!
On this Barnabas RE Day we enjoyed:
- the way God has made each of us different, with our own unique strengths.
- the need to value the strengths of other people too.
- Jesus’ stories about the way God values each individual person and loves him or her just as they are.
- biblical teaching about the way we can live together with all our differences.
EYFS and KS1 focused on the worth of people as individuals and within community.
KS2 looked at the key teaching ideas of working together as a team, people having different aptitudes, strengths and weaknesses, sharing and interdependence. A key focus was the Christian community finding its identity in the body of Christ.