As a Church School, collective worship forms an important part of our daily routine.
Monday assemblies are called Start the Week and are a chance to share examples of people who have lived lives that are in alignment with our key Christian values – Aim High, Show Respect and Make a Difference.
We often choose a real-life example of someone who has overcome significant challenges to succeed or who has shown tremendous resilience in the journey through life. These examples are as wide-ranging as Jesus, Joseph, Moses alongside modern day examples, such as Jamie Oliver, Steve Jobs, and the band Blur.
We invite our partner churches in to lead worship every week, including Father Robin from St. Andrew’s Church and from Rowbarton Methodist Church.
We also have individual class assemblies and house assemblies which allow children to share ideas and show respect and empathy for children who are older or younger than themselves.
Every Friday, we celebrate all of the children who have achieved success in our Gold Book Assembly – including Good Book certificates for effort and attitude, whole class Wows! of the week and special awards for the Tidiest Class and Best Attendance. This allows us all to come together and thank God for giving us the opportunity to succeed and be great examples to others.
Children Leading Worship
We believe that children should not just be passive recipients of assemblies, but that she should take an active part in planning, leading and evaluating our shared worship.
As well as following the Lighting the Candle programme, which enables children to take the lead in welcoming the congregation, lighting our candle, reading prayers, introducing hymns and dismissing the congregation, we also have children choosing and playing suitable music as we enter and leave the hall.
Every child in the school will get the opportunity to be involved and this is carefully monitored over the year.
We also regularly ask the children to reflect on their experience of collective worship and make suggestions about how this could be improved. We do this through a number of channels – questionnaires for pupils, parents and staff, discussion with each class, feedback from the school council and regular monitoring of worship by the coordinator.
This all helps to ensure that our worship remains fresh, relevant and engaging.