We try to give our children many opportunities to demonstrate our school's core values of love, friendship, compassion and respect, and affirm their commitment by celebrating their successes in our Golden Assemblies and in our classroom collective worships. We regularly organise annual whole-school fundraising events and activities to support specific charities and we ensure that we respond to local or national needs as they arise.
We endeavour to make our worships creative and memorable. They can involve music, stories, stillness, meditation, drama, prayer, poetry and reflection. We have adopted a number of whole school mindfulness approaches to support our young children in becoming calm, still and quiet.
During the week, we organise our Collective Worships in the following way:
Monday: Whole school collective worship (led by the Head of School)
Tuesday: Clas collective worship
Wednesday: Singing collective worship
Thursday: Key Stage collective worship
Friday: Celebration collective worship (Golden Book)
Every collective worship is thoughtfully and carefully planned and serves a different and unique purpose. We encourage regular visitors into our collective worship wherever possible and we regularly visit St Augustine's Church.
Our collective worships are organised into four key parts: hello time; story time; reflection time; prayer time.
We have adopted a whole school prayer that children take in turns to deliver during our whole school collective worships. Our school prayer, although special, is invitational. This means that it is never forced nor is it compulsory. In addition to our school payer, we also have our own 'singing prayer'.
During collective worship, twelve Christian values are explored over a two year period. Rooted in Bible teaching, each half-term value represents the fruit that grows as the teaching is lived out in everyday life. We use collective worship as an opportunity to apply these values to our school’s vision of ‘LOVE God LOVE Neighbour LOVE Self’. This promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural growth of each individual in a collective and collaborative way.
The twelve values explored are:
Friendship (core school value)
Compassion (core school value)
Respect (core school value)