Christian principles are explicitly at the heart of the school’s mission. SIAMS Report 2011
A whole school collective act of worship happens every day. Worship is a very important part of our school day and we aim that this is evident in our daily worship assembly.
Some of our favourite hymns to sing
Established Strengths SIAS Report 2011
following the strong leadership of the senior staff, the school has a convincing, inclusive Christian vision, linking all aspects of school life, and enthusiastically supported by all stakeholders
recent improvements to the environment, with investment in areas for reflection and prayer
leadership in RE is very good and promoting rapid improvement in the subject
learners show a strong interest in prayer and talk articulately about it
To enable the children and staff to have a time for quiet and reflection
To encourage the children to discover a sense of awe and wonder at the natural world and human life
To illustrate chosen aspects of spirituality
To emphasise moral, social or cultural issues
To actively involve the children and staff through prayers, drama, readings and singing
Worship is planned half termly by the collective worship co-ordinator in partnership with clergy and the Headteacher. These themes may be related to particular festivals that occur throughout the church calendar or those of other faiths. They are related to areas of curriculum focus e.g. for PSHE or SEAL. Each term we hold a service in church and also a service for the main Christian festivals, which the RE Co-ordinator and Church Clergy/members lead. Parents are invited to join us for these services and other assemblies throughout the year.
Entrance to music – this may be quiet and reflective or praise, or music from different cultures.
Welcome and introduction to the theme of the day and sometimes a song
Main presentation that may include contributions from the children or other adults
Reflection and prayer, including the Lord’s Prayer
Prayer and reflection are an important feature of collective worship. Everybody is invited to prepare themselves for the way in which they want or pray, and join in with ‘Amen’. You can help your child to learn our school prayer which was created by children at our school.
God Our Father, Bless our school, our teachers, our friends and bless each one of us. May we learn and play together, Always glad to help each other. May St. Mary’s live and grow, Happy in your loving care. Amen
The school community has developed our own Prayer Book, which remains on the Worship area in the hall and is used during collective worship and assembly time. We regularly share the Lord’s prayer together:
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
There will be opportunities when, in silence or to appropriate music, everyone is able to reflect. The atmosphere at assembly is very important, the way that we speak to children, the way they are expected to behave and the way in which they come in sets the tone.
Rota for worship
Monday – Headteacher Values and Worship
Tuesday – Singing and Praise
Thursday – Clergy
Please read the following documents to find out more about Collective Worship at St. Mary’s school: