Collective Worship Policy
1 Aims and values
1.1 The aims and values of collective worship are:
- to make our collective worship distinctively Christian and central to the life of our school;
- to enable participants to develop an understanding of Jesus Christ and of the Christian understanding of the Trinity (God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit);
- to set our distinctive schools values in the Christian context
- to encourage the whole school community to value and engage with collective worship;
- to show the relevance of collective worship in enhancing the lives of our school community;
- to develop a personal spirituality within the school community through a range of experiences;
- to encourage the school community in the planning, leadership and evalution of collective worship;
- to allow opportunites for prayer to contribute to the spiritual development of members of the school community.
2 Collective worship
2.1 Collective worship within the framework of our Christian values, plays an important part in the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our school community.
2.2 David is his Psalm wrote, All nations whom You have made, Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, and shall glorify Your name. For You are great and do wondrous things. You alone are God. Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your Truth Psalm 86 verses 9-11.
2.3 We understand worship to be a special act or occasion whose purpose is to show reverence to God. Collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly. We encourage everyone to take an active part in the assembly.
3.0 Legal Requirements
We acknowledge the legal requirement stated in the 1988 Education Reform Act 6 (1) and 9 (3), which states the need for each child to attend a daily act of worship either as a whole school, class or group. Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from the act of worship either partially or wholly. Any parent wishing to do so should contact the Head Teacher. Teachers also have the right to withdraw from leading and taking part in worship. The Head Teacher will keep of record of such.
4 Organisation of collective worship
4.1 We hold a daily act of collective worship in our school. This forms part of each afternoon worship, which is normally a whole-school worship, although sometimes we also hold separate infant and junior assemblies. Each year we celebrate both Harvest, Christmas, Mother’s Day and Easter with a special service held in our parish church and joined by the Parishioners and members of the local community.
4.2 We conduct worship in a dignified and respectful way. We emphasisie to children that worship time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time and expect children to behave in an appropriate way. We ask them to be quiet and thoughtful and to listen carefully to the teachings and participate fully in prayer and hymns. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music and sometimes candles or other objects that act as a focal point for the attention of the children.
4.3 The headteacher or other members of staff normally conduct assemblies, but vicar and curate also take assemblies regularly throughout the year.
4.4 We take the themes of our assemblies from the traditions of the Christian faith and we often reflect the festivals and events of the Christian calendar. Sometimes the themes of our worship reflect and build on topics that we teach as part of the school curriculum. We plan our worship as part of a series of themes well in advance of the day they take place.
4.5 Our worship sessions reflect the achievements and learning of the children. We encourage the children to participate in worship by showing their work to the other children and raising issues that they have discussed in their classes. Worship sessions offer an opportunity to acknowledge and reward children for their achievements both in and out of schools. They play an important part in promoting the ethos of the school, which is that all children are valued and all achievements are recognised. Norbury School is a successful school and we therefore celebrate the successes of all the children in our weekly ‘Gold Book’ Worship sessions..
4.6 Groups of pupils regularly plan, produce and lead worship sessions for the rest of school.
4.7 We welcome governors’ attendance at our assemblies at any time with prior arrangement with the Head Teacher. There is an open invitation for Parents to attend our Gold Book Assemblies.