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COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

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Worship is interactive, well-paced and captures the children’s thoughts and minds. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music, candles, pictures or other objects that act as a focal point for attention and thought. We hold great importance in singing a wide range of hymns, using drama and also having a range of child and adult-led prayer sessions. We plan weekly themes for our time together for the whole school year and link it to Christian teaching and to a different Christian Value termly.  We often reflect the festivals and events of the Christian calendar in our weekly themes (Advent, Christmas, Lent, Easter, Ascension, Saints days etc.) and visit our affiliated churches at some of these times for special services. The school has developed its own communion service which is held annually.

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Groups of children participate in arranging Collective Worship and plan and lead it on a regular basis. We encourage the children to show their work to the other children, read and write prayers, play instruments, sing or be part of a whole-class leading Worship.  There are at least two Year 6 Worship monitors who are in charge of setting the hall up, ready for Worship to begin. These monitors open Worship with responses and the atmosphere is set for contribution. A weekly celebration time offers an opportunity to acknowledge and reward children for their achievements both in and out of school. The school gives opportunities for stakeholders to evaluate Worship. Each class records thoughts about daily worship in their class RE and Collective Worship topic book and Worship monitors select classes across the school to add to the whole-school Worship portfolio that encompasses thoughts, prayers, pictures and photos of worship. Views are also gathered and acted on through Collective Worship Pupil Voice and other stakeholder questionnaires. Leaders of worship, including clergy, have access to regular training through RE network meetings, watching each other lead worship, visiting other schools and through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities.

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Local clergy contribute at least weekly to Worship and lead readings, prayers and biblical talks with the whole-school community. We feel that it is important to involve as many members of our church community as possible. Local parishioners are invited into school for services such as Harvest Festival and Communion and are also encouraged to support at special events such as Prayer Space days. A range of ministers lead Worship when the whole-school visit the churches affiliated to the school for Remembrance, Christmas, Easter and Ascension services. The school also invites stakeholders to attend Worship at Education Sunday and Operation Christmas Child services. Recent developments include members of the school choir joining with the church choir at the church’s own Harvest Festival and Remembrance services. Members of the school also join the congregations of multiple churches in the area at the annual Sea Sunday service, leading aspects of worship at this event.

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