Collective Worship

 

 

Worship Policy

 

1. Foundation Information

Holy Trinity C.E. Primary School Littleborough is a 4-11 Aided Primary school for boys and girls with an Anglican Foundation

The School Trust Deed set the school up to provide education in accordance with the principles and practices of the Established Church ’ as defined by the 39 Articles of Faith. 

2. Worship in the Life of the School

 

Worship should be of a high quality, offering opportunities to listen; think and respond; reflect and pray. Children should be afforded opportunities to experience and celebrate the Christian faith through worship and prayer. During worship times there should be opportunities to celebrate and explore values important to the school and to make links between our Christian faith, the ethos of the school and the Parish.

 

  1. Aims for Worship

 

  • To contribute to pupils spiritual development

 

  • Experience what worship is and what people do when they worship
  • Develop ability to meditate and use silence creatively
  • Reflect on and think more deeply about important issues
  • Foster a sense of awe and wonder at creation
  • Celebrate all that is of value in life – truth, love, goodness, beauty etc.
  • Explore mystery and the important questions about life and creation, including the dark side of life, eg. suffering, loss, death and evil
  • Express their concerns, hopes, joys etc.
  • Build up their relationship with God.

 

  • To introduce pupils to the worship of the Church of England

 

  • Learn to use church service books
  • Learn the important and famous prayers of Christianity and the Anglican or Methodist Church
  • Learn appropriate responses and forms of prayers
  • Give pupils a repertoire of prayers to take into adult life
  • Experience different forms of Christian worship and worship material
  • To experience and participate in acts of worship which express the Christian’s awareness and celebration of the Worth of God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit

 

 

 

  • To gain in knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith

 

  • Explore Christian beliefs about God
  • Learn about the significance of the Bible
  • Learn about the importance of Jesus
  • Explore the nature of God as revealed in Jesus
  • Share in Church life and Christian practice
  • Experience different forms of worship
  • Celebrate the festivals and Saints days of the church year

 

  • To explore the beliefs of others

 

  • Learn about the values and attitudes of other faith communities

 

  • To contribute to pupils’ moral development

 

  • Develop an ability to reflect on moral and social issues
  • Appreciate the values and beliefs that people live by
  • Acknowledge and become aware of the needs of others
  • Appreciate how Christian beliefs underpin values of everyday life

 

  • To contribute to the general development of pupils

 

  • Provide them with opportunities for leadership and developing performance skills
  • Learn the skill of choral speaking
  • Develop pupils’ singing ability
  • Participate in group preparation and presentation

 

  • To celebrate and take note of the life of the school in the presence of God

 

  • Celebrate work undertaken by pupils in all areas of the curriculum
  • Build up the sense of community of the school
  • Develop and reflect on the values of the school
  • Share the achievements, joys and challenges of all members of the school community.

 

  • To look outwards to the wider world

 

  • To take note of events in the world and express joy or sorrow as appropriate
  • To celebrate and give thanks for God’s world

 

4.  Expectations of Pupils

 

The worship programme should contribute positively towards pupils’ spiritual and moral development. Expectations and outcomes detailed in the school’s Spiritual Development policy should form part of the rationale in planning worship times and assemblies. Visits to church and/or clergy visits to school should be planned and conducted in the light of the School Worship Policy and the Spiritual Development Policy.

 

 

  1. Organisation and Delivery

Worship is organised in Class and Whole school groupings.

Monday-        

School assembly – Led by a senior member of staff

 

Tuesday-
Church assembly – Led by Rev. John McGrath

 

Wednesday-

Whole school assembly - Led by members of staff on a rota basis including class assemblies.

Parents are invited to attend their child’s class assembly

 

Thursday-

School hymn practice – Led by Mrs C Longhurst

 

Friday-

School achievement assembly –Led by Mrs Luke / Mrs Parsons

 
Special Times of Worship and Thanksgiving

 

Harvest Thanksgiving in Church.

Christingle Service with the Parish congregation in Church.

KS1 Nativity play in Church.

School Sunday – Children from every class take part in a Sunday church service once per half term.


  1. Record Keeping 

A simple record is kept on the school O: Drive, where the designated leader for that assembly is responsible for making a short record of the theme and content of the assembly along with the hymns and prayers used.

 

  1. Diocesan Policy

The provision is in line with the diocesan policy on worship in voluntary-aided schools.

  1. Right of Withdrawal

 

As stated in the school prospectus, parents have a right to withdraw their children on request from the daily act of collective worship. The daily act of collective worship is a Government requirement and since Worship is an integral part of the ethos and activity of a C.E. Voluntary Aided school. Parents are expected to discuss any request for withdrawal with the head teacher.