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Collective Worship

The act of Collective Worship is central to the life of the school.  It is a way of affirming our individuality and our communal belonging to the Body of Christ.

At St. Mary’s, each day begins and ends with a short prayer.  Graces are said at the end of the morning and the start of afternoon sessions.  The main purpose of our school assemblies is to bring the school community or part of the school community together in worship and prayer.  Within each assembly there is always an opportunity for Prayer and Worship, and involves the children taking part in a variety of prayer experiences.

Further celebrations include:

  • Mass in church at the beginning and end of each school term
  • Mass in the school hall on Thursday mornings with members of the parish community
  • Family Masses on Sundays throughout the year
  • Children join the parish  community for the celebration of Mass on special feasts and Holy days
  • Child-led prayer services
  • Harvest Festival service
  • Remembrance assemblies
  • KS2 Carol Service
  • KS1 Christmas show
  • Foundation Stage Nativity
  • Stars and Crowns service/mass for Epiphany
  • Candlemas celebration
  • Holy Week liturgies
  • Stations of the Cross
  • May Procession
  • Special Assemblies to welcome particular individuals to school.
     

Whole School Collective Worship

Day

Place

Leader

Focus

Monday

Hall

SLT

Two assemblies – EYFS & KS1, KS2

The teachings of the Gospel.

Tuesday

Hall

Class Teachers/

children

Oremus – two classes come together in the hall to learn prayers pertinent to their year groups and to understand the uses and meanings of these prayers.

Wednesday

Hall

Class teachers on a rota basis

Wednesday Word. 

Two assemblies – EYFS & KS1, KS2

Based on the forthcoming Sunday Gospel.

Thursday

Hall

Fr. Paul

Two classes attend mass on a rota basis.

Thursday

Classroom

Children

In class prayer service planned by the children (for classes that are not at mass).

Thursday

Hall

Ms. Logan

KS2 Hymn Practice.

Friday

Hall

Mr Linford

Present and Praise assembly (celebrating the children’s achievements).

Friday

Hall

Ms. Logan

KS1 Hymn Practice.

Picture 1 Dan & Emily (One Life Music) in school - Nov 2016

 

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