As a Catholic primary school collective worship plays a fundamental part of daily school life and enables us all to join together as one in prayer and worship.
Growing Closer to God
In its simplest form, prayer is defined as “talking to God.” It is a personal time of opening our hearts to our Heavenly Father and bringing everything in our hearts to Him. Through the Apostle Paul, God asked us to pray. Prayer can be a powerful force for change in our lives, and the importance of doing it on a daily basis should be instilled in our children.
Communication is the foundation for success in any relationship. When we communicate openly and freely with each other, we learn to know each other as individuals. This principle also applies to our relationship with God. By talking to God, we can learn more about who He is and what plan He has for us.
Prayer Has a Purpose
It is important that our children understand that there is a purpose to prayer. Jesus frequently prayed during His life on Earth. He had a reason for doing so. Our prayers are something that God deeply desires. But our prayers are not for His benefit; as a perfect Divine Being, God is complete in His power and knowledge.
Children are encouraged to pray in different ways according to their age and personal development. The most important aspect of prayer for children is that they realise it is their way of communicating with God and is first and foremost a personal occasion.
Our R.E. curriculum offers progression for children as they move through the school.
Children are introduced to a variety of different ways of praying:
Our School Prayer
We thank you for our school,
a safe and peaceful place to stay.
Where we strive to do our best,
through your example every day.
Help us all be better friends and
happy in our play,
forgiving, kind and respectful
in all we do and say.
What makes a school so special is
the people you find there,
bless our children, teachers, parents
and staff and keep them in your care
Each day worship takes places in the school:
On Fridays each Key Stage gathers together to sing songs of praise to God and practise hymns and songs that we use for our collective worship and for Mass.
Each Phase (Reception and Key stage one, Key stage two) gather together each week for collective worship linked to the liturgical seasonor other religious themes such as Saints. Teachers from each stage take turns leading the children in worship.
Child Led Liturgy
Each week, different children in each class prepare and lead their class in worship. In key stage one the children are guided by adults to prepare for this. In key stage two the children independently plan their own worship.
Teacher Led Liturgy
Teachers plan a weekly worship for their class to allow time for reflection and prayer based on a religious theme.
Celebration Collective Worship
Each Friday the whole school community comes together for a time of collective worship. We also celebrate the achievements of the school that weekWe end the week together by thanking God for all He has helped us to achieve that week.
Throughout the year we have the joy of celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist in St Bernadette Church which we are fortunate to have next door. Children help to prepare and lead the Mass through Altar Serving, reading and bringing up the gifts during Mass. On different occasions parents and guardians are invited to join us for Mass.
Throughout the year, to mark important events in the Church’s liturgical year, we hold special Liturgies.
Each year our choir children lead the school in a Carol Service at St Bernadette Church. Parents and guardians are invited to join us for this special time of worship.