School Vision

Collective Worship

11 Dec 2020

Collective Worship is a valued time in our school day. A time when we come together, discuss 'big questions' and share our opinions.  Please find our Collective Worship Policy here:
We are also delighted to introduce our Worship Warriors:
This group of children help Mrs Taylor to plan and deliver our Collective Worship. 


Collective Worship at our school

Each Collective Worship is planned around our school vision
 
'Our children should have the aspiration and opportunity to ‘Live life in all its fullness’ John 10:10 and ‘Shine like stars in the sky’ Philippians 2:15'

In addition to our Christian values
'To have the courage to act with kindness, patience, love and peace in all the communities they serve in.' 


 
Our Collective Worship is …
 
INVITATIONAL
Everyone is welcome to take part in collective worship, as much or as little as they are comfortable with. This means we use invitational language and carefully consider our choice of words and songs. Children are invited to pray but are not compelled or expected to do so; they always have a choice. We invite them to pray or reflect in whatever way they feel comfortable.

INCLUSIVE
Acts of worship need to be inclusive of all. Therefore, we choose topics and ideas that are shared by different faiths and worldviews. When we present Christian teaching, we make it clear that this is ‘what Christians believe’, saying things like:
‘I wonder why this story might be important to Christians?’
‘The story today comes from the Bible (the holy book of Christians), which teaches that …
Our worship should be accessible for children and young people with a range of different backgrounds, we also offer a variety of activities, so that children and young people with differing needs can all find something they can engage with.

INSPIRING
We aim for our acts of worship to inspire those engaging with them. How might it engage their emotions, enabling a sense of peace, comfort, hope or motivation? How might it inspire them into action, into thinking differently and considering their behaviour or actions? How might it inspire them to reflect on their faith or beliefs, and on the faith or beliefs of others?
 
But don't take our word for it...
Here's what our children think of Collectve Worship...

'It's nice, the whole school comes together'

'I love it because it's calm'

'People can connect'

'It's amazing'

'There's something different to think about every day'

'It's really good to think about our school values'

'I feel calm and peaceful after it'

'We can all spend time together'
Here are some photos of our special Collective Worship big book:

 
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Here are some of the ways our Worship Warriors lead collective worship:
Today the Worship Warriors performed a short play about Mothering Sunday, and why we should value our Mums, Aunties, Grandmas every day of the year, not just on this special day.  They talked to the school about "unconditional love" and Harrison said a beautiful 'teaspoon' prayer.  I'm very proud of you all Worship Warriors!

 
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They lead prayers and poems:
Worship Warriors read 'Life is Patience' by Julie Herbert:
Life Is Patience
Poet: Julie Hebert, © 2012

To live how we want,
And to do what we please.
Can sometimes be tough,
And not done with great ease.

Life works in many ways,
Some good and some bad.
Which stops us in our tracks,
And makes us really mad.

We can't all get,
What we want right away.
And waiting is needed,
To show us the way.

So learn the lesson now,
That some never learn.
Waiting patiently,
Will allow you your turn
We discussed the message that the poet was trying to convey:
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Or activities:
We had a lovely Collective Worship today which started with Enna, Daisy and Matilda plaiting three ropes:

                         
We talked about what makes a good friend and how friendship is woven into all of our lives.  We are stronger together!  In fact, Daisy said "one of the strongest powers is friendship!"

We also looked at Proverb 18:24
"There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."
Who do you think that friend might be?



We had a very special Collective Worship today as Nicola David (Chair of Ripon City of Sanctuary) and Mrs Bourne-Arton joined us.  We presented our donations from our Harvest Festival- we were so proud to raise £128!  Mr and Mrs Bourne-Arton have also continued our fundraising drive in the community and they presented more donations.  We are overwhelmed by the generosity shown by everyone!

We have decided that all of our fundraising projects this year will go towards Ripon City of Sanctuary as we are trying to raise the £9000 needed to bring two refugee families to safety.  We are a small school with a BIG heart...together we can make a difference!

Take a look at the photos below to see our children demonstrating courageous advocacy with their determination to make a difference to children around the world:


 
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April 2022
Following an Easter blessing from Rev Sian, the children in Rocket Class were inspired to create Jesus' cross from anything they could find!  Now we know why the cross is such an important symbol to Christians:

 
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