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Collective Worship

Collective Worship is seen as a central and important part of the education of this school as determined by the Mission Statement.

“To provide high quality education for all children based on clearly established Christian values and principles”

The objectives of Collective Worship are:

  • To encourage all pupils to grow in Christian goodness.
  • To encourage children to participate in Collective Worship through sharing their own sensitivities and thoughts.
  • To allow pupils to experience and explore the spirituality of traditional and contemporary prayer.
  • To provide acts of collective worship in a variety of settings, e.g. classroom, hall, Church as appropriate.
  • To give pupils experience of traditional and contemporary worship styles.
  • To allow pupils to experience traditional and contemporary religious music, hymns and songs.
  • To provide a framework in which stories from Christian and other faith backgrounds can be explored to illustrate moral and spiritual dimensions.
  • Through silence and meditation, give children the opportunity to reflect upon their thoughts and their relationship with God.

The Organisation of Collective Worship at St. Luke and St Philip’s Primary School

In order to achieve the above aims, all teaching staff, support staff, and parents are expected to set a positive example and to encourage children to fully participate in collective worship.

All children should experience an act of Collective Worship at the start of each day.  This may be class based, Key Stage based or whole school.

During the year, services will be arranged in school and Church to celebrate the passage of the Christian Year.

All teaching staff will be expected to attend acts of Collective Worship and lead them as directed by the Headteacher.  The school’s Vicar will also lead acts of worship, and members of other faiths communities will be invited to share our worship where appropriate.

Collective Worship themes will be run on a three-year cycle.  An overall theme will be given to Worship each half-term and acts of worship will follow this theme.  The theme will also run alongside each worship theme, allowing links to be made between PHSCE and RE/CW.  Special events in the Christian calendar will be celebrated, as will the festivals of other world faiths.

The Allocation of time to Collective Worship

Each school day will normally begin with an Act of Collective Worship between the end of registration (9.05am) and 9.25 am.  When special services are arranged, suitable timings will be agreed. 

More information is available in our Collective Worship Policy

Samantha O’Connell

Acting Headteacher

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