‘Preparing each child for their future in an ever-changing world’
CARE - COURAGE - RESPECT - RESPONSIBILITY
Collective Worship Policy
Reviewed: Jan 2019
In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus teaches us to ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself’. It is from this that we get our key Christian values of Respect, Responsibility, Care and Courage. These provide a stable and caring environment where we are 'preparing each child for their future in an ever- changing world'.
Following the example of the Good Samaritan we are an inclusive school, serving equally those of all faiths or none through the provision of an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice.
At Hagbourne CE Primary School we nurture our children, within our Christian environment, to be caring, respectful, responsible individuals who have courage to take risks and make the right choices. Collective worship is central to the life of our school. Worship offers the children and others in our school an opportunity to reflect on values and issues in the context of our Christian ethos. It reflects the mission statement and shapes our approach to others and to what we do in school.
Our collective worship provides the pupils and staff the opportunity to:
· worship God;
· experience a variety of styles of worship;
· grow in understanding of and participation in prayer;
· develop a reflective approach to life and reflect on Christian values
· develop as a community based in Christian values;
· participate and respond, through active involvement in the planning, leading,
presentation and evaluation of worship;
· feel safe and affirmed.
At times worship will reflect aspects of the curriculum and in particular will:
The Pattern of Collective Worship
Collective worship takes place in a variety of groupings in the school hall, classrooms, St Andrew’s Church and on occasions outside.
We follow the seasons of the Church year and within this significant festivals and other special days are observed. These always include Harvest, St Andrew’s Day, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Easter and other days such as Candlemas are celebrated occasionally.
Whenever worship takes place it is planned to promote thinking beyond the time given to worship itself.
Worship has a variety of leaders from both within school and from the local Church Community. Children are given opportunities to lead worship throughout the year. Visitors are welcome to lead collective worship from time to time and are given guidance on our worship policy. Leaders from faiths within the area help us to increase the pupils’ awareness, promote respect and raise the esteem of the pupils who belong to these faiths.
Planning Acts of Collective Worship
Our acts of worship are carefully planned to ensure a balance between content and experience. Leaders, including the children, plan the content and activities included in Worship according to what is most appropriate to the season/theme, and the ages, aptitudes and the backgrounds of the pupils. Throughout their time at our school children will encounter a wide variety of activities such as poetry, visual aids, Bible readings, drama alongside traditional elements of worship such as prayer and song.
Prayer is a vital part of our worship. It is introduced with a form of words that invites but does not coerce pupils to participate. Our prayers are addressed to Jesus and God reflecting the traditions and practices of the Church of England. Pupils who prefer not to pray are encouraged to use these times to reflect on the important messages shared in our worship.
Our worship is regularly reviewed through discussions with participants, observation and reflection. and our evaluations are fed into the planning for future worship.
A legal note
By law, Collective Worship must:
· be provided for every child every day;
· reflect the school’s Trust Deed.
Our policy sets out clearly our aspiration that collective worship will be a valuable and valued experience for all members of our school community whatever their backgrounds and beliefs. It is invitational, inclusive and reflective in nature and never coercive or indoctrinatory.
Parents have a right to withdraw their children from all or any acts of worship. In the first instance we ask parents who may wish to exercise this right to visit school to speak with the headteacher.
Reviewed: September 2018
Next Review: September 2020