Our Collective Worship Policy is based on the Vision and Values of our Christian School. This is underpinned by Jesus’ Mustard Seed Parable “from the smallest seeds grow the greatest shrubs” (Mt13v31-32) alongside the 6 values that are the foundation of our Christian belief in school - respect, optimism, wisdom, determination, enthusiasm and love.
Our daily act of collective worship aims to ensure that the Christian character of our school is preserved and developed. This requires worship to be consistent with the faith, principles and practices of the Church of England. In addition to this, we also take into account DfES legislation. The following link will take you to the current legislation.
At Rowde the daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life. Through this and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our mission statement of Learn, Grow, Love.
It is a time where we come together to share our love of God based on promoting the Christian values which permeate the ethos of the school. As such, the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly. We also actively seek to encourage the attitudes of awe, wonder and reflection. Our school ensures that every child is entitled to an opportunity for daily worship.
At Rowde Church of England Primary Academy our intent is to Provide regular opportunities for the children to participate in collective prayer and reflection.
• Frequently share and discuss stories from the Bible and discover the meaning and learning of these stories.
• Explore the meaning of each School Christian Value and express what this means to them.
• Build strong relationships with members of the school church and local community via the holding of regular Family Worships and Community Events.
• Encourage the children to think about current issues in the world and what they can do to contribute to the healing or improvement of this – i.e. charity work/prayer/changing their actions etc.
• Explore with the children the power of faith and how this can guide and support them in all that they do.
• Submerge the children in the joy of singing God’s words.
• Create opportunities for the children to explore that of other faiths and gain a good understanding and mutual respect of their beliefs, culture and traditions.
The Worship lead currently plans the weekly worship themes which are taken from a variety of sources including https://www.assemblies.org.uk/pri/ and https://www.barnabasinschools.org.uk/
They are developed to ensure that during times of not being able to gather as a whole community, that the message and teaching remains the same.
The Act of Worship planning will be based on • Liturgical church calendar, • Our Christian values, • PSHE and British Values, • Special events such as ‘World book day’. • Picture News (RE/Global affairs Resource) • Issues which arise from everyday life and Christian ethos of the school, taking into account the age, aptitude and family background of our pupils.
We provide a variety of worship experiences for the children. Our current schedule is as follows: Monday Whole School values worship led by the Head teacher and teachers on a rotation basis. Tuesday Understanding the Bible – led in the main by Reverend Ruth or the open the Book Team. Wednesday is a sing and praise and celebrate worship where teachers lead this on a rotational basis. Thursday is class or Key stage. The themes are usually the same, but content is differentiated appropriately. On Friday we have whole school worship led by Head Boy and Head Girl and supported by the Head teacher. This is a celebration worship where Value of the week ambassadors are celebrated as well as other celebrations which are important to children including birthdays. In addition to this, visiting groups and individuals are welcomed into the school regularly to lead worship.
A file is kept, recording details of each act of worship. Evaluations will also be recorded here. Training is encouraged and available for those who wish to lead acts of worship. Parents are informed on a termly basis about the themes for worship.
The right of parents to withdraw their children from all or part of the act of worship will be respected. Pupils withdrawn will be appropriately occupied within the school. Parents wishing to do so are advised to discuss the matter with the Head teacher in the first instance but are not obliged to state their reasons for so doing. It is expected that staff convey their commitment by participating in and leading worship.
Collective worship is accessible to all children of any religious background or none and regardless of race, gender or disability. The collective worship and RE coordinator collates and draw conclusions through evaluation forms and by speaking with the children, staff and other adults on the quality of acts of worship. Class worship leaders gather thoughts and feelings in class reflection books and in our RE books.
Monitoring is carried out throughout the year. Here the children, members of staff and trustees are asked to share their views and feelings about collective worship, offering suggestions for any changes or improvements they feel are needed. Findings are passed onto the coordinator on a regular basis. Suggested developments are discussed with the SLT and Worship Trustee, as well as the Academy Council and members of the Diocese. Parents have the worship themes for the term ahead and are welcome to come and discuss any queries or problems with the collective worship coordinator and the Head teacher.