Here at Baston, Collective Worship is integral to our Christian identity and sense of belonging to the world. The daily act of Collective Worship is a central and significant part of school life and it is at the heart of all that is done at our school. We also recognise that Collective Worship is an important time to provide opportunities for the Spiritual, Moral, Emotional, Social and Cultural development of all.
Collective Worship is a time when we come together to share our love of God and celebrate our achievements. The worship of the school is based on promoting the Christian values which form the foundations of the school whilst also recognising other world religions. The contributions of staff, pupils, members of the church and other visitors are valued highly with worships being attended by all children and staff. Visitors to the school are always very welcome to join us in worship.
It is our aim that worship should provide members of the school community with the opportunity to:-
- Praise and reach out to God.
- Respond to Christian language and symbolism
- Experience stillness and quiet
- Focus on God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and recognise and express this with understanding.
- Experience a variety of forms of prayer and meditation. These might include: praise, seeking forgiveness, asking on behalf of self and others or quiet reflection.
- Help children to begin to understand the nature and purpose of worship
- Provide a foundation for a mature understanding and practice of worship in the future.
- Contribute to the spiritual, social, emotional, moral and cultural development of each child.
- Allow reflection and response to the fundamental questions of life and those things that are of eternal concern and value to human beings
- Foster and enable a concern for the needs of others, a recognition of the vulnerability of self and of others
- Celebrate and give thanks for the achievements within the school, local and international community and occasions of significance, including festivals.
- Promote community cohesion
- Give expression to, and reaffirm and practice the values of the school community
We use the Roots and Fruits stimulus, which clearly roots all learning in the Bible and the Church year, is designed to support SIAMS requirements and meets the criteria set out in the Evaluation Schedule. It is based on a two year programme with each term having a key theme which each Worship is linked too. These themes are also the focus of our corridor ‘thinking walls’ .
We aim to provide a variety of worship experiences for children. Currently we follow this schedule:
Monday: Whole School worship. This worship links a specific idea to the term's theme and introduces a focus value for the week ahead.
Tuesday: Led by a member of staff themed around the 'Roots and Fruits' resource. Rooting learning from the Bible and the Church year.
Wednesday: Continues the week's idea linking into current affairs and national issues. This encourages the children to think of others outside of our community and local experience.
Thursday: Continues the week's idea including a more global approach. This worship may also include learning about other world religions, traditions, customs and festivals across our diverse world.
Friday: This whole school Collective Worship is all about the joy of celebration and it embraces all that we do. We give an award to children who have done something well, demonstrated a school value, or simply been a superstar!
Each class also share a worship and their learning through a ‘Love to Learn’ morning to which parents and other family members are invited.