“Collective worship is the unique heartbeat of the school and is offered as part of a wider opportunity for pupils and adults to encounter faith by engaging in conversation about God. It should be truly welcoming, inclusive and exemplify the principles of Christian hospitality. This is an approach that seeks to meet the needs of all, wherever they may be on their journey of faith and belief.”
Collective Worship statement of Entitlement and Expectation March 2021
Our daily worship is intrinsically linked with our school’s Christian values and focuses heavily on how to live out those values in our daily lives. We start each day coming together as a “family “ so we can spend time together and set the day ahead in a way that promotes our overarching vision but focusses also on the value we are considering. We celebrate and consider significant events, festivals and faith days in a fully inclusive way. At All Saints CEVA School, collective worship is:
- Invitational, offering everyone the opportunity to engage in the act of worship, whilst allowing the freedom for those of other faiths and none to be present with integrity.
- Inspiring and creative, impacting the whole community and motivating them into action to be courageous advocates.
- Inclusive, where all are welcomed, have a voice and are listened to.
- The heartbeat which breathes life into our daily lives
Worship is highly engaging and interactive. As part of our continued desire to improve, staff receive training and support to ensure high quality provision, which is monitored, and feedback provided as part of our improvement cycle. Visits to a wide range of churches and visitors into school ensure our children are engaged in a wide range of worship styles.
We use the “Roots and Fruits” resource as a main framework for Worship. Looking in depth at one value each half term with therefore 12 values across the two-year cycle.
We consider always “With Jesus as our guide we will inspire a passion for learning, high aspirations and respect for all “
“Whatever you do. Work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord "
This theologically rooted Vision is underpinned and reinforced further by the Collective Worship Values. These being:
Generosity “God Loves a cheerful Giver “Corinthians 9;2
Compassion “Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” Colossians 3:12
Courage “Be Strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Forgiveness “Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive others.” Colossians 3:13
Friendship “Encourage one another and build each other up”. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
Respect “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Matthew 7:12
Thankfulness “Always be thankful.”1Thessalonians 5:16
Trust “My God is my strength in whom I trust.” Psalm 18:2
Perseverance “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13
Justice “Learn to do right. Seek justice.” Isaiah 1:17
Service “Serve one another in love.” Galatians 5:13
Truthfulness “Tell the truth to each other.” Zechariah 8:16
We have adopted the Windows Mirrors Doors approach which we encourage as part of our daily collective worship.
Opportunities to look out on the world to gaze and wonder: The Wow and Ows moments. The things we find amazing and bring us up short.
Encounter: The learning about life
Giving opportunities for children to reflect, to look inward to consider some of the big questions of life: To explore their own insights and those of others.
Reflection: The learning from.
Giving opportunities to children to respond, to do something to go through the door of a creative expression of their own thoughts and convictions.
Transformation: The learning to live by putting into action what they believe.
Every half term the collective worship lead and the Headteacher look at all of the class notes regarding the value that have been demonstrated in each class. One person is identified to be awarded the special” Value “Award. This is for outstanding behaviour or action related to the current value. Their family are invited to Celebration Worship, and it is shared in our newsletter H2H.
"We like to start the day with Worship as it gives us the opportunity to pause and think. We can get our minds into school and put to one side any difficulties that we may have had before school." Year Five Child.