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 Collective Worship at Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings CE (Aided) School predominantly reflects the faith and traditions of the Church of England.
 
Worship is the coming together of the school or groups within the school to acknowledge and praise God, develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and reinforce positive attitudes.  Collective Worship, in our school, is a responsive act.

Aims
Our Collective Worship aims to provide the opportunity for children, staff and visitors to:

 

  • Praise and worship God
  • Experience prayer and reflection
  • Consider spiritual and moral issues
  • Explore their own beliefs
  • Participate and respond, whether through active involvement in the presentation of Worship or through listening to and joining in Worship
  • Foster a sense of fellowship


Objectives
Worship has important elements which enable our children to be involved in:

 

  • Offering
  • Adoration and praise
  • Being sorry
  • Being thankful
  • Asking and hoping
  • Being still and wondering
  • Sharing
  • Reflection & prayer


Collective Worship, in our school, is:

 

  • Educational
  • Has a sense of occasion
  • Has meaning and value
  • Helping children develop a sense of awe and wonder at the world around them
  • Offering children a spiritual dimension to their lives and personal relationships
  • Providing regular opportunities for reflection to enable our children to move from what is an immediate but passing concern to the broader and more lasting concerns of life
  • Providing opportunities for thanksgiving, to enjoy the unity which derives from sharing love, joy, hope, friendship, acceptance, anguish, fear and forgiveness
  • Developing an awareness that the needs and desires of the individual must sometimes be sacrificed in the interest of the majority
  • Developing an awareness of and a concern for the needs of others as well as personal needs
  • Providing time to share with those around us the things we have been doing, our thoughts and our ideas
  • Helping children to develop common standards and values such as self-discipline and respect for others
  • Giving children experience of being active members of an inclusive caring community by fostering an atmosphere of love, security and kindness
  • Providing opportunities to celebrate achievements and special celebrations
  • Focusing on local and national events so an informed response is possible


Collective Worship and our Curriculum
Collective Worship is a discrete but integral part of our curriculum.  It can be used as a stimulus for the start of a piece of work or as an arena for sharing work done with others.  
 
Organisation
Each child, in our school, participates in a daily act of Collective Worship. Our weekly timetable of Worship may be altered occasionally depending on particular needs or organisational issues.  However, the current pattern is –
 

Monday 9.00-9.20am Whole school Worship usually led by HT, a senior member of staff or member of the Clergy along a RESPECT code theme.
Tuesday 9.00 – 9.20am Whole school singing
Wednesday 9.00 – 9.20am KS1 Collective Worship  & KS2 Class Worship led by teacher
 
Thursday 9.00 – 9.20am KS2 Collective Worship & KS1 Class Worship led by teacher
 
Friday 9.00-9.20am Internal Celebration with Whole School Worship in the Hall to celebrate children’s work and attitudes based on the RESPECT code led by the HT, a senior member of staff or member of the Clergy with comments and praise from class teachers.

  

We welcome visitors who are also invited to lead Collective Worship.

Occasionally the Act of Collective Worship is held elsewhere, for example our Easter acts of Collective Worship are usually held at St Oswald's Church.

Children are encouraged to lead their own acts of Collective Worship for the whole school eg, Take Over Tuesdays, Move Over Mondays. On these occasions, small groups of upper Key Stage 2 children plan and lead the entire act of Collective Worship.
 
Planning
Our planning for Collective Worship is based on elements of the RESPECT code and is carried out by the person responsible for leading the Worship.  We produce a termly overview incorporating themes based on the Anglican calendar, the RESPECT code and current school events which informs planning for Worship. Planning demonstrates progression and continuity, enhancing other curriculum areas and classroom activities.

Worship may relate to a local, national or international event so we allow flexibility in planning to support the inclusion of important issues or current events.  A series of weekly acts of worship may relate to a particular theme and can be planned a term or half term in advance.  The subject matter might also relate to the church’s calendar, to significant occasions for other world faiths or to events in our school and community calendar. Class led presentations may relate to current learning being undertaken.
 
Children from other Faiths

One of our aims at Collingham Lady Hastings is to prepare children to live in a multi faith society and we willingly accept children from the Christian faith, other faiths or none. Teaching about other faiths is compatible with the principles of the Church of England and in keeping with the ecumenical and global vision of the Anglican Church.
 
We also create opportunities for worship to be led by a leader from an alternative faith community, appropriate stories from other faiths are used in Worship and respect is developed for the values, beliefs and integrity of all faiths.  All acts of Collective Worship are as inclusive as possible without compromising the integrity of the principles and practices of the Church of England.
 
Right of Withdrawal
The school prospectus informs parents of the right to withdraw their children from acts of Collective Worship and Religious Education. However, it also highlights the fact that Collingham is an Aided School and RE and Worship form an integral part of the ethos and curriculum.
 
Evaluation
A group of children, foundation governors, the HT and RE coordinator participate in termly meetings of the Appraisal group with a focus on evaluation and development of RE and Worship. Key points from this are fed back to staff and governors to inform future development. This is a key aspect of school self evaluation in this area. Foundation governors are invited to Worship celebrations at key points of the Anglican year as well as an open invitation to daily acts of Worship.   


The school complies with the legal requirement to ensure that children take part in Collective Worship each day. The only exceptions are those children withdrawn by their parents.
 
 

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