Collective Worship at St Andrew’s
Collective worship is central to the life of St Andrew’s Church of England Primary School. We believe worship to be a special act or occasion whose purpose is to show reverence to God. Collective worship involves all members of the school community coming together as a class, key stage or whole school and celebrating our Christian values, vision and ethos. All participants reflect upon their contribution to the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our school community.
In line with the 1988 Education Reform Act, which states that collective worship should be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, our collective worship is generally based on the teachings of Christ and traditions of the Christian Church. However, we conduct our acts of worship in a manner that is sensitive to the individual faith and beliefs of all members of the school community.
While the majority of acts of worship in our school are Christian, we also reflect other religious traditions that are represented in the school and the wider community.
|Monday||Whole School||2.50pm – 3.10pm||School Hall|
|Tuesday*||Individual classes||2.45pm – 3.10pm||Classrooms|
|Wednesday||Whole School||2.50pm – 3.10pm||School Hall|
|Thursday||Whole School||9.10am – 9.30am||School Hall|
|Friday||Whole School||2.45pm – 3.10pm||School Hall|
*This is a fortnightly cycle. One week the children will watch a current news item and discuss its implications. The children will consider the news item from a Christian’s view point. The following week the children will focus on the current week’s collective worship theme. Both events have acts of worship.
The headteacher and other members of staff lead whole school, class and occasionally key stage acts of worship. Reverends Viv and Mike and members of the church team regularly lead acts of worship for the school.
In addition, the school worships in the village hall at Harvest and St Andrew’s Church for Easter, Christmas and on other occasions linked to our school’s agenda.
Parents are invited to share class assemblies, as well as special services in school or in church. Parents are encouraged to attend as this promotes the community spirit of the school, and is a practical demonstration of the way home and school work together to support our children. Governors regularly attend our acts of worship or special services, and are always welcome.