Collective Worship at St Mary’s
We have Collective Worship every day. Some days this is all together as a school and sometimes this is individually in the classes. On Monday mornings, we meet together and focus on the termly value. This is linked to a story and there will be a biblical link to this – either using a biblical story or a particular biblical verse that ties in with the value. The Head Boy and Girl will open the worship by lighting the candle and saying the prayers. The leader of the worship, helped by the Pupil Governors, will then take the school through the worship and finish with a song. At the end, the Head Boy and Girl will then close the worship and the children will have a few moments to reflect on what they have learnt. On Tuesday mornings, the children will meet in the hall for singing worship. Here they will learn a hymn or non-denominational song with a similar theme to the value of the term. They will also learn songs for particular Christian festivals across the year, such as Christmas and Easter, as well as other celebrations such as Harvest. On Wednesday mornings, the whole school go up to church for worship with Reverend Julie. With the help of some Year 5 and 6 volunteers, she will lead the school through a bible story linked with the value of the term and the children will sing together. On Thursday mornings, the children will stay in the classes and have Spiritual Journal time. There will be a question linked to Monday’s worship for the children to respond to in a variety of ways – either through class discussion or individual reflection. On Fridays, we have Celebration Assembly as a whole school! It’s a brilliant opportunity to see the whole school together and chance to share achievements and exciting news together. We celebrate those who have been on Blue or the Star during the week, as well as giving out Learner of the Week, Sports Star, British Citizen and awarding the Reading Cup and Attendance Ted to the winning class. We finish each assembly with cheering a big happy birthday to those who have celebrated birthdays in the week – it’s the best way to start a Friday morning.