At the junior school, we meet daily for collective worship. This is a time to welcome God into our lives, reflect on the teachings of the Bible and how these parables influence our day-to-day life.
We begin by lighting a candle to welcome the god we believe in and this informs us that our time of worship has begun. Our year 6 children start the worship by leading the welcome, ensuring the children are present and ready to begin.
We follow the Diocese of Canterbury collective worship plans. These documents have been produced following conversations and feedback from teachers across the diocese. They provide us with an injection of inspiration and creativity as we plan our acts of collective worship. These plans are regularly updated and can be found here.
The school vision and values are also explored at least once per week, led by a senior leader. Children are timetabled to lead the collective worship, based around the school vision and values, at least twice per term. Singing worship and Celebration worship is also timetabled once per week.
We also enjoy inviting visitors from St Michael's Church, Family Trust and other members of the Christian community to lead our worship.
We signal the end of worship by saying our school prayer, reflecting on the teachings of the day and blowing out the candle. Year 6 children also send the children out from worship through a 'sending', signifying children be ready to leave the hall.
Our School Prayer
Bless our school, let peace live here,
Let the rooms be full of happiness,
Let love be all around,
Love of one another,
love of all people
and love of life and living.
Let us remember that, as many hands build a house,
So many hearts make a school