The school meets daily to share in collective worship. Year 6 children call the children for worship through ringing the school bell, which is our school equivalent to church bells ringing. Staff and children join together and are invited to reflect, pray, engage and explore Christian values, story worship through Bible readings, other related stories and presentations, Visual worship through images and drama and Offering worship through consideration of charitable groups which may be linked to whole school charity fundraising or events: relating aspects to their own lives, beliefs and those around them in family, local and global communities.
Staff, children, Reverend Robert and Revered Sarah, Governors and parents are all involved in collective worship through its termly calendar. Children enjoy leading collective worship, together with daily prayers for their school community.
Every Friday the school comes together for a celebratory collective worship – where all pupil achievements are shared and celebrated. It is at this time that each class nominates children to receive a Values Award for those class members that have demonstrated the schools Christian Values that week. This is a wonderful opportunity for the whole school community to celebrate the gifts children have in our school.
All those gathered for worship are invited to prayer together – sharing our School Prayer, children`s prayers that they have written themselves associated with our core Christian Values and the Lords Prayer amongst others.
Collective Worship is carefully monitored by our Senior Leadership Team, our school Governor that oversees RE and Collective Worship and the children who regularly meet with our Governor to discuss Collective Worship.
Once a term, our school community walk to St Peter and St Pauls Church, Shiplake and Reverend Robert leads a service for children, staff, governors and parents. This is a wonderful gathering of our whole school community which may focus on an aspect of the Christian Calendar or celebrate the gifts we have as a community and individually.
Quotations from Collective Worship monitoring include:
- “This was a lively and enthusiastic virtual session with strong pupil participation with clarity of the meaning of prayer being taught and received” (29.4.21)
- “A huge contribution from the school in what was a very enthusiastic and engaged session. Prayers followed led by Year 5 and 6. The theme being compassion and kindness. A time of reflection followed on how thoughts of stereotypical expectations (paraphrased) are not always the reality or relevant” (16.12.19)
- “This virtual Easter service has been very much an inspiring group work event” (31.3.21)
During the Covid-19 pandemic, our Collective Worship continued, however remotely. Reverend Robert also continued with our Church services albeit remotely, they remained an opportunity for our school community to come together, reflect and invite personal prayer and thoughts at a time when it was required.