At St. Anne’s C of E Primary School , the daily act of Collective Worship is viewed as an integral part of school life. Through this and in the ethos of the school we seek to promote our vision:
‘You are the light of the world’.
It is a time where we come together to share our love of God and to consider how we can shine our lights both in school, at home and in the wider world.
At St Anne’s we join together daily as a community either as a whole school or as a class.
Our Collective Worship is usually split into four sections;
We will prepare the alter table and light three candles representing our school, homes and community, which we serve in God’s name.
We will share a bible story or a story with a message linked to the Christian Value either through reading from the Lion Storytellers Bible, using a playscript, modern story, poem, artwork, artefacts or video.
This is where we have the opportunity to take time to consider how what we have heard, seen or felt has made us think. This is sometimes a quite time of stillness and meditation giving the chance to pause in a very hectic day. Short discussions take place to make us all think a little harder rather than accepting the first thought that pops into our head.
Questions or scenarios are posed where we think about our own lives and the decisions that we make on a daily basis. We then consider how we can use the message of the day to impact on the wider world.
The worship of the school is based on Christian values which are both the foundation and thread through our school community. As such, the contributions of
staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly.
Our 6 Core Christian Values are: RESPECT, COMMITMENT, COURAGE, FORGIVENESS, HONESTY and WISDOM.
Our Core Christian Values are the heart of our Collective Worship and the ‘Values for Life’ which direct the termly themes have been formulated by the school community.
Visits and visitors – As part of the curriculum, St Anne’s School ensures that appropriate visits are made available for the children in order for them to have first-hand experiences and gain a greater understanding of various places of worship. Visitors to the school are welcomed and enabled to share their experiences and knowledge – their role is to educate, not to evangelise. St Anne’s Church is our most valuable and frequently used resource, with the whole school attending and contributing towards annual Harvest, Christmas, Easter and Leavers’ Services.
Our School Prayer
This is our school,
May we all live here happily together
May our school be full of joy
May love dwell here amongst us
Love of one another
Love of people everywhere
Love of life itself
And love of God.
Let us remember that
As many hands build a house
Every child can make this school a wonderful place.
Whole-school collective worship around our focus value of the half-term.
Reflection questions are asked ready for class reflection.
Class reflections on Collective Worship.
Children have the opportunity to respond individually through different ways including: discussion, drawing and recording ideas.
Our friends from St Anne’s Church visit for our Open the Book session. They share stories from the bible in a fun and interactive way.
Whole school Collective Worship. We join together to learn and share songs, this is often led by our school choir.
Whole school Celebration Assembly. Every fortnight, we meet as a whole school community to share and celebrate our pupils achievements.