Collective Worship Policy
Foundational text: ’I pray that you……may have the power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ’
Countess Anne School
A Church of England Academy
OUR SCHOOL VISION
Living God’s Love:
- Academic provision that recognises the need for excellence in teaching and learning.
- Holistic provision that encourages Christian hope; building spirit and soul through faith orientated pastoral care.
- Inspirational provision through a modern curriculum that celebrates diversity and provides new opportunities.
Collective worship policy
The aim of Collective Worship at Countess Anne is to introduce pupils to Christ through worship.
Our approach is to do so in a manner appropriate to their age, aptitude and family background, drawing upon the breadth of Anglican and other Christian traditions. Worship is inclusive, encouraging those present to feel part of a wider Christian faith community – something that we do together whist embracing a great variety of faith commitment. Our resolve is to encourage all to take part in daily acts of collective worship through the opportunity of engaging in classroom prayers and regularly coming together for collective worship.
Weekly Collective Worship:
Monday: Collective Worship Yrs 2-6 (Early years Plus – class assembly)
Tuesday: Awards assembly whole school worship – led by the Headteacher (parents invited)
Wednesday: Music Assembly – led by the Deputy Headteacher
Thursday: Collective Worship - Team Ministry speaker – following the values of the school*.
Friday: Collective Worship (led by the Head teacher).
*Each value is covered within a half-term:
Autumn: Respect / Kindness Spring: Perseverance / Forgiveness Summer: Courage / Gratitude
The above gives the opportunity for the school to define and explain the school values within a biblical context. On occasion assemblies will also respond to local, national or worldwide events. In addition to the above the whole school meets to celebrate the Eucharist once per term in the school and also celebrates termly church festivals within our local churches – within which the pupils take an active role through responsibilities, dance, readings, drama and song.
Assemblies are a time of communal response via celebration, reflection, participation, song and prayer to various faith stimuli and the achievements of the children. Staff ensure that all come into and leave the worship respectfully. A worshipful atmosphere is encouraged through a variety of Christian media and artifacts including posters, film, images, a lighted candle and a cross.