Collective Worship at Our School
Collective Worship at Walberton & Binsted
The Importance of Collective Worship in our school
As a school we believe that collective worship and a sharing of time together as a school family is a crucial part of our broader school life.
Worship is carried out every day, culminating in a final Friday afternoon Family assembly and ‘celebration’ with parents. Here our children and praised for particular achievements and can share successes and work with everyone.
Children may also, at times, be involved in collective worship in their classrooms. These acts of collective worship will reflect the aims, values and vision of our school. We take pride in our class Collective Worship times and we allow the children to choose where they sit during this time, usually involving our reflection area or display linked to this.
How do we plan our Collective Worship?
Our acts of Worship are led by either the Headteacher, Deputy Headteacher or Class Teacher and on a Wednesday morning we are lucky to have Worship led by one of three members of clergy, Rev Tim Ward of our local Church St Mary’s, Pastor Ray Brinkley from the Baptist Church, and Hugo Van Driel from Yapton Free Church. On occasions we also have visitors who come in to deliver and share Worship with us.
There is a half-termly theme for Collective Worship in our school, and planning is mainly covered by the Headteacher, RE Subject Leader and clergy who work together to ensure topics are relevant and meaningful to our children. Planning includes links to the ‘Values for Life’ document and also with our school Values, Christian Festivals and other key important dates within the Christian calendar. Other members of staff leading Worship that week plan individual assemblies.
Displays in our main atrium usually follow the theme, Christian value or Biblical reference we are covering within Worship, and our school Hall display always reflects current themes, and is often added to or referred to during the Headteacher’s Worship with the school.
We are very proud to have hosted the congregation of St Mary’s Church at school for the ‘Education Sunday’ Service both this year and last, led by Rev. Tim Ward! A very special occasion enjoyed by staff, pupils and of course our local community.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their child/children from Collective Worship if they wish. Alternative provision for the withdrawn child is negotiated with individual families as and when necessary.