St. Vincent de Paul R.C. Primary School.
Collective Workship Policy
COLLECTIVE WORSHIP POLICY
(Including Classroom Prayer & Worship)
At St. Vincent’s school, everything we do stems from our mission statement. As a school family, we strive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus and St. Vincent, the patron saint of our school.
St. Vincent’s is proud to be a Catholic school. We will provide our pupils with the opportunity to study and learn about our Catholic faith, seeking to further the growth of fundamental Christian concepts, values attitudes and actions. Through prayer and worship we will aim to develop our relationship with God, both as individuals and as members of a worshipping community. Please read our mission statement so that you fully understand how this policy relates to the life of the school.
At St. Vincent’s we believe that as a Catholic School we should enrich the religious experiences of pupils and staff. We believe that children’s prayer will be supported, deepened and enriched as they become part of a praying community of adults and children. We believe collective worship should aim to:
- Introduce pupils to aspects of worship within a supportive environment.
- Introduce and allow children to experience prayer in a variety of forms (class p/w, assembly, sung, reflective, meditative, silent, written, illustrated).
- To inspire the pupils to lead prayer and worship
- To reflect on spiritual and moral issues.
- To develop a reverence for God and foster a sense of joy, awe and wonder in creation.
- To develop an awareness of the presence of God in others and in oneself.
School and Class Organisation
Monday – Collective worship in class.
Tuesday – Collective worship/class mass.
Wednesday – KS1 and KS2 assemblies.
Thursday – Collective worship in class.
Friday – Class led assembly for whole school.
Staff to keep plans for one year for *Collective Worship, class masses and class assemblies as a record and for future reference. ?????????
*Each half term, record classroom p/w using Salford Diocese guidelines from ‘When we Pray’ –see attached 1
Holy Days of Obligation and Other Special Days in the Church’s Year
- Holy Days will be celebrated as a school community with a mass in church.
- Other days will be highlighted in the classroom or sometimes in church with a liturgical or non liturgical service.
- Most resources are kept in the teachers’ classrooms. There is also a selection of resources in the RE cupboards on the link corridor. Posters are kept in the drawers in the Y2/3 area
- The RE co-ordinators, Mrs J Threlfall, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Green update these and respond to the staff as and when the need arises. Teachers may also wish to use their own resources, such as flowers, music, photos, pictures, etc – in the classroom.
Organisation within the School
Our worship will aim to:
- Be an educational activity or experience to which all can contribute and from which all can gain (e.g. class worship and Key Stage and whole school assemblies).
- Be flexible and responsive to changing situations within the school and wider community.
- Reflect on the teachings of the Catholic Church whilst respecting other traditions.
- Create a prayerful atmosphere and provide a full range of experiences.
Classroom Prayer and Worship
- Will be appropriate to the age of the children and be an appropriate length (e.g. 5 year old 5 mins. 10 year old 10 mins).
- Each classroom should create a space for a prayer/worship focus and at times, display work which reflects class prayer and worship.
- In Key Stage 2 our aim is to develop pupils’ skills to enable them to prepare, organise and lead worship, rather than always participating or contributing in a token way. (KS2).
- Use thoughtful and appropriate resources.
- We say a prayer of thanksgiving at lunchtime before the children leave the classroom and at the beginning of the afternoon session. Prayers are also said at the end of the day.
- Ensure a safe environment, especially if using lighted candles.
- Salford Diocese (‘When we Pray’) suggestions for Good Liturgy see attached 2
Recording and Evaluating
- Through observation teachers will measure pupils’ response to prayer and worship.
- Observing attitudes during formal and informal prayer.
- RE co-ordinators to observe classroom prayer/worship, consider whether it meets the needs of all pupils.
- Appraise children’s personal prayers during assemblies and class led p/w.
Collective worship in our school will be:
- properly planned
- adequately resourced
- led and inspired by teachers and pupils
- monitored and valued
In order to ensure that collective within the school is a relevant, meaningful and positive contribution to the religious, spiritual and moral development of all members of the school family.