Collective Worship puts our Christian ethos at the very heart of what we do and who we are. It occurs at the same time every day and provides children and staff with the opportunity to reflect upon and engage with a Christian Value. Collective Worship is led by the head teacher, Rev'd Anna, all members of the teaching staff and regular visitors.
Collective Worship always includes opportunities for reflection, prayer, participation and worship through song. Our Children have two clubs that regularly contribute to Collective Worship; a drama club and a planning group. Each week includes one session that gives children the chance to worship solely through song. Our week ends with a Celebration Assembly in which those children who have demonstrated the key values, and are therefore role models, are recognised.
The focus for Collective Worship changes termly and it is often the case that more than one value is reflected upon in the stories shared in Collective Worship.
Our Christian Values in Action
We offer a range of ways for children to engage with their spirituality this may be through:
Prayer is an incredibly important element of life here at Ropsley Church of England Primary School. We use prayer every day during worship, through reflective spaces, before lunch and at home time. The children are also regularly involved in writing and sharing their own prayers during worship.
Each Collective Worship session includes the chance for children to reflect on Christian values and apply them to their own lives and experiences. Reflection areas can be found in each classroom and children are encouraged to engage with these spaces in any way that they find most comfortable.
We regularly evaluate our worship and involve staff, governors and children in this evaluation process. Doing so helps us to monitor the quality, content and relevance of our Collective Worship.
Participating in Collective Worship
Children are actively encouraged to lead and plan Collective Worship and there is a Collective Worship Planning group. Class 5/6 take responsibility for planning and leading two festivals at Church every year; our Christingle and our Leavers service.
As a Church of England school, the tradition of worship through singing is incredibly important at our school. Children are encouraged to sing with enthusiasm and learn or create actions to different hymns. We have a very active choir, who perform at school and in our local community.
Godly Play and Drama Club
Children at Ropsley Church of England often explore their learning through Godly Play or within our Collective Worship Drama group.
Charity & Our Role in the Community
Charity and fundraising is an important part of how we actively ‘do all of the good that we can’ and we often seek to raise money for local causes including the local community foodbank. The way in which we raise money is constantly reviewed and often planned by children through our School Council. Occasionally children are prompted to respond to collective worship through social action. Staff actively encourage children to see that they can be advocates for change.