COLLECTIVE WORSHIP AT COLWICH CE PRIMARY SCHOOL
Collective worship is central to the life of Colwich CE Primary School. We believe worship to be a special act or occasion whose purpose is to show reverence to God. Collective worship involves all members of the school community coming together as a class, key stage or whole school and celebrating our Christian values, vision and ethos. All participants reflect upon their contribution to the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of our school community.
In line with the 1988 Education Reform Act, which states that collective worship should be ‘wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’, our collective worship is generally based on the teachings of Christ and traditions of the Christian Church. However, we conduct our acts of worship in a manner that is sensitive to the individual faith and beliefs of all members of the school community.
While the majority of acts of worship in our school are Christian, we also reflect other religious traditions that are represented in the school and the wider community.
We hold a daily act of worship in our school. These currently take place on TEAMs.
|Monday||Celebration Worship||This is led by the Headteacher and introduces the theme and scripture to be explored through worship this week.|
|Tuesday||Story and Scripture||This is a key staged based worship, which gives pupils time to explore and reflect on the Bible stories (KS1) or scripture (KS2) presented in whole-school worship, more deeply.|
|Wednesday||Songs of Praise||This is a whole-school gathering, led by the worship lead. It includes songs of praise as well as time to be still and reflect on Christian Values.|
|Thursday||Worship in Action||This is a class led worship, led by teachers. It explores Christian values through reflection, prayer and practical application. It encourages children to engage with the contemporary in the light of what they have learnt and experienced in worship, helping them to flourish and serve God.|
|Friday||Community Worship||This is a whole-school gathering with an act of worship led by representatives for the local church and worship team. It includes prayers, praise and other acts of worship.|
In addition, the school worships in Church at Harvest, Advent, Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Founders’ day (Charlotte Sparrow Day), and on other occasions linked to our school’s agenda.
Holy Communion is celebrated in church/school hall half-termly by Key Stage 2 pupils, whilst Key Stage 1 pupils participate in ‘Prayer and Praise’.
Each week (on a rota) one Key Stage 2 class attends the Morning Prayer service in church.
We have a school worship group who work with members of the local church.
Parents are invited to share class assemblies and Morning Prayer worship times, as well as special services in school or in church. Parents are encouraged to attend as this promotes the community spirit of the school, and is a practical demonstration of the way home and school work together to support our children. Governors regularly attend our acts of worship or special services, and are always welcome.