At Wrington, the daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life.
Through this and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our mission statement:
‘Our vision is for our school community to nurture compassion, integrity, curiosity, wisdom and a lifelong love of learning, founded on Christian values, as we grow and flourish together.’
Remembrance Whole School Worship
It is a time where we come together to share our love of God, celebrate achievements and reflect on our own and others’ experiences together.
Worship is based on promoting the Christian values which permeate the ethos of the school. As such, the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly.
We identify the values of Compassion, Courage, Forgiveness, Friendship, Generosity, Justice, Perseverance, Respect, Service, Thankfulness, Trust and Truthfulness.
Our approach to collective worship is ‘inclusive, invitational, inspiring’ and it takes a variety of forms including: Clergy-led worship, Open the Book (with a dramatised version of Bible Stories run by volunteers), Class-led worship (to which parents are invited), CREW (termly Y6 led worship in classes on the theme of the term, Agape (where we listen to reflective music and share food together as a symbol of love) and celebration service. It can happen in the hall, on the playground, in church, chapel or even on the field!
Agape and the sharing of special bread Lighting the tree with child-made decorations
Special worship takes place to mark the different Christian and National festivals such as our Harvest service, Ash Wednesday, Easter and Family Candlelit Carol service at All Saints', Pentecost at the URC, Remembrance, or Leavers' services. This year we had a special service of thanksgiving on the field with the planting of a Jubilee oak tree to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Y4 Class-led worship Y3 perform symbolic Pentecost dance at the URC
Agape with KS2 The story of the Good Samaritan Y1 Class worship
Music forms a key part of our collective worship, drawn from both modern worship songs as well as from the rich historical legacy of traditional hymns (we even had a hymnathon to say goodbye to our previous Rector!). Children are also invited to take part as playing as children enter or leave the hall, or as singing leaders during our Worship through Music service.
Our Collective worship often begins with our candle prayer and finishes with a final prayer. Children do not have to join in but are invited to take part if they wish, or to sit and reflect quietly.
We acknowledge the legal requirement stated in the 1988 Education Reform Act 6 (1) and 9 (3), which states the need for each child to attend a daily act of worship either as a whole school, class or group. Parents have the legal right to withdraw their children from the act of worship either 4 partially or wholly. Any parents wishing to do so should contact the Head teacher. Teachers and other staff also have the right to withdraw from leading and taking part in worship.
Ash Wednesday Service
For further information, please see our Collective Worship Policy.Collective Worship Policy
Church days are focused opportunities to visit the church and learn about either different Christian festivals or how the church is linked to other areas of the curriculum. Over the years, our church day themes have included:
The history of All Saints' Church (involving geography and history)
English and Maths (Texts in the church and its statistics)
Festivals: Advent, Remembrance, Easter
We are always very grateful to all the volunteers from the village community who take part in church days to enable all classes to visit the church for these special workshops.