Vision for Collective Worship
At All Saints CE it is our aim to ensure Collective Worship is enjoyable for children and staff to participate in. Collective Worship is an integral part of our school day that gives a springboard for 'Letting your light shine'.
We offer 3 opportunities for daily Collective Worship. We start our day with our Morning School Prayer, say a Lunchtime prayer and gather as a whole school for Collective Worship. We also encourage independent acts of worship in our classroom's reflection area and we are working hard to develop our peace garden which will offer an outdoor reflection area.
Whole School Collective Worship
Whole school Collective Worship takes place daily at 1.05pm - 1.20pm and is led by a team of people in our school including children, Mr Mawdsley (Headteacher), Mr Horton (Assistant Headteacher), Mr Ferwarda, Mrs Hiscocks, and from our local parish church Rev Gill, Rhianne (Pioneer Curate) and Geoff (Lay Reader).
Monday - Mr Mawdsley explores our School Value through a Bible story. Our own 'All Saints Heart that Shines' awards are given out to children who are living out our Christian Values. All children are on the look out to see who is living out our School Values throughout the week and nominate each other in writing so we can celebrate altogether.
Tuesday - Mr Coleman and Mr Horton share a book based on our School Value.
Wednesday - Time to explore Big Questions together in Collective Worship.
Thursday - We look at what the Bible says about our School Value and how God can help us change, so our lights shine even brighter.
Friday - Mr Mawdsley leads our Shining Light Collective Worship when we celebrate all the fantastic things that have been happening during the week.
After Collective Worship on Thursdays we learn more about the Bible and other religious texts by sharing stories together in classes. We learn other faith stories by reading a different religious text half termly.
Prayers and responses are our choice
We start our school day by saying our school prayer together and end our Collective Worship by saying the Lord's prayer. We are invited to make these prayers our own by joining in and saying 'Amen', if we choose.
Collective Worship begins with a Collective Welcome - "May your light shine and peace be with you" and we are invited to respond with "And also with you".
Our time together ends with a sending response - "Through love and self- control go out and "let your light shine".
Our Collective Worship Team will lead prayers, often using a candle to help us reflect on personal prayers, current world events or opportunities to say thanks for enjoyable activities and good things happening.
1) To let our lights shine – with the help of our Collective Worship we need to deepen our knowledge of our School Values which will help us become more kind, generous, wise, courageous, forgiving and self-controlled people. We will do this by exploring values in Collective Worship and learning Bible stories in our classes.
2) Christian Values- we need to know what our School Christian Values look like in everyday life so that they are central to our heart of our head, hand heart curriculum approach. Eye catching displays help children to understand and use correct vocabulary, which raises standards and behaviour across the year groups resulting in caring, open minded children.
3) Team work – Collective Worship is the gathering together of the school community on a daily basis to think about, respond to, reflect on and consider issues that are important as individuals and as a community. The Collective Worship Team will work together to achieve this and write their own prayers, collate feedback about Collective Worship, meet with Rev Gill and help to set up our Collective Worship space.
Mrs R Hiscocks
Collective Worship Lead
I am Mrs Hiscocks and teach the Elephants class at All Saints. I also have the pleasure of leading Collective Worship. If you have any questions about our Collective Worship then please contact the school via telephone, email or come and speak to me directly.