Assemblies & Collective Worship
At Parson Cross CE Primary School, Collective Worship (getting together for an assembly) is a wonderful opportunity to share, reflect and explore personal beliefs, issues of identity, and questions of meaning and purpose.
Each half term we focus on one of our 12 core Christian values. In this way it makes an important contribution to promoting children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. It is also a vehicle for supporting inclusion as well as building community cohesion.
Collective Worship is a legal requirement of schools under the 1944 Education Act & was affirmed in subsequent legislation (1988 and1996). In accordance with the law and the ethos of our school, the majority of acts of Collective Worship reflect the ‘broad traditions of Christian belief’. This does not restrict the focus exclusively to Christianity alone, but will sometimes include material from a range of spiritual, religious and secular contexts.
Pupils will be encouraged to explore ideas arising from the stimulus material presented by staff and visitors and invited to reflect on them from their own perspectives. There is never any intention to impose religious ideas or beliefs on pupils but often the material can raise issues and questions that are relevant to their lives, irrespective of their background.
There will always be a time of quiet when pupils are invited to reflect on the focus of the assembly, with an invitation to those children for whom it is appropriate to make their thoughts into a personal prayer. Sometimes words of traditional prayers are used to support that reflection.
Through Collective Worship at Parson Cross CE Primary School, our intentions are that:
Through the above, we intend that our children will:
At Parson Cross CE School, we conduct assemblies in a dignified and respectful manner. We tell children that assembly time is a period of calm reflection. We regard it as a special time and expect children to behave in an appropriate manner. We ask them to be quiet and thoughtful and to listen carefully to the teachings and participate fully in prayer and singing. We create an appropriate atmosphere by using music and sometimes candles or other objects that act as a focal point for the attention of the children.
Pupil Led Worship
At least twice each half term, pupils volunteer to lead our collective worship sessions. They plan, deliver and evaluate their worship which is based on our current school value.
At Parson Cross CE Primary , we hope to provide Collective Worship that offers an inclusive opportunity to foster a sense of belonging for everyone associated with the school. For this reason, it is hoped all pupils will take part every day. However, if parents do not want their child to be included, they have the right to withdraw her or him from one or all acts of Collective Worship. Those wishing to do so are asked to discuss their reasons with the Headteacher and to complete and sign a withdrawal form. No provision of alternative activities has been agreed.
To find out more about Collective Worship at our school, please download our Collective Worship Policy.