Collective Worship Policy – Feb 2024

Planning     

Week 1 – Thankfulness

Week 2 – Anti-Bullying

Week 3 – Thankfulness

Week 4 – Thankfulness

The following documents are helpful guides for expressing your faith with Worship at Home.

Compassion

Generosity

Friendship

Trust

Thankfulness

Service

   

In- school Collective Worship:

All children take part in a daily act of Collective Worship. As a church school we follow a Christian calendar of festivals but include festivals from other World Faiths e.g. Diwali – Hindu, Ramadan – Islam, Wesak – Buddhism and national themes such as Anti-Bullying Week and the Coronation.

Our act of Worship is an important part of the day and the content reflects the schools Christian Values whilst acknowledging the wider world. Time is spent listening, singing, praying and reflecting. All members of the teaching staff lead Collective Worship. It is planned on a value from Values for Life/ Roots and Fruits (Imaginor).

Within Collective Worship the children are given the opportunity to reflect not only on the subject matter within the Collective Worship but also on current events throughout the world. This provides a safe environment for the children to consider and empathize with people and communities who are less fortunate than themselves, or who have suffered in unforeseeable events.

Some of the children are selected to be on a small worship team where they plan and deliver a collective worship on the current value for life. This will include songs, prayers, stories and other activities chosen by the worship team.

A weekly prayer leader from Class 1 and Class 2 is chosen to lead the daily prayers. TSP (Thank you, Sorry, Please) prayers are used as a template for child-led prayers.

A worship table/ board in the hall reflects the current value for life with prompts / questions and objects.

External visitors for Collective Worship:

Representatives from the local church are invited to take part or lead our Worships.  Parents/carers and members of the wider community are also invited to attend Worships every term. The children themselves requested that they present samples of their work and take a greater leadership role as part of these Worships, which are hosted in St Giles Church.  To maintain the link between the school and church, the Parish Vicar is invited to attend these Celebration Worships to take an active role. Our Foundation Governors, as the representatives from the Diocese, are also invited.

Parents/Carers wishing their child/children to be withdrawn from all religious education and Collective Worship should contact the Headteacher.

Once a term we welcome M.A.S.T. (Matlock Area Schools Trust), who present Bible Stories to the children using puppetry.  Our Benefice Vicar visit will take services either in school or in the church.

Collective Worship

NOTICEBOARD

2024

February
Mon 12th – Lent Afternoon in Church
Tues 13th – Pancake Day Lunch
Fri 16th – Break for Half Term
Mon 26th – Spring Term 2 begins
Tue 27th – Rachel Wilkes from Music Partnership delivering the music curriculum within the school on Tuesdays for 5 weeks. This includes the launch of the Interactive Music Scheme Charanga.

March
Fri 1st – MAST ~ “Jesus Calms the Storm”
Thur 7th – World Book Day – come to school dressed as your favorite book character.        Challenge – please could you take a photo of your child reading in an unusual place (they don’t have to be in their costume doing this), and send it into school?  

Tues 12th – MAST Hannah Wills ~Easter
Wed 13th – Parents Evening – further information will be provided for this. 
Fri 15th – Red Nose day – Dress in your own clothes with one item of red for a £1 donation per child please. 
Thur 21st – Schools Together – 11am at St Giles Church in Hartington with Biggin Primary School.
Mon 25th – Easter Service 09.30am – location in School unless otherwise advised.
Thu 28th – Break for Easter

April
Mon 15th – Summer Term 1 begins