At Swaffham Prior CE school we consider Collective worship to be a significant educational activity that both reflects and explores the schools distinctive Christian character and contributes to the academic achievement, personal development and well-being of all learners. Therefore, Collective Worship is planned:
- to be inspirational and inclusive. It should engage all learners and they should be able to talk about the impact it makes on their relationships and on life in the school
- will regularly include Biblical material and Christian teaching and this should explore and relate to the school’s core Christian values
- will have a strong focus on God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit enabling all learners to embark on an understanding of the Trinity
- will help all learners to understand Anglican and other Christian traditions found in the UK and worldwide.
- will challenge all learners of all backgrounds to understand and embark on their own spiritual journey. They should understand the value of Prayer, Reflection Stillness
- will contribute significantly to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development; by providing all learners with “something more than the obvious, something to wonder at, something to respond to”
- will be an opportunity to Celebrate and give thanks for achievements within the school, local and international community and occasions of significance, including festivals
Collective worship should be an experience that does not offend the integrity of the non-religious or those of different faith.
Our Pattern of worship consists of:
- Monday – Whole School Assembly
- Tuesday – Whole School Singing Assembly
- Wednesday – Revernd Sue or other visitors lead worship
- Thursday – Class ‘Big Question’ worship
- Friday – Celebration Assembly
Our assemblies overarching theme are the school values and within the two year rolling programme we focus on one of the values in depth each half term. This term our value is HOPE. Each week the assemblies also focus on a bible story as well as following the Christian calendar.