Collective worship at St. Mark’s plays an important part in the school life of our children.
We aim to celebrate our highest common values, whilst maintaining the integrity of individuals and groups.
We aim to provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God and to explore their own ideas and beliefs;
Our daily act of worship shall be in accordance with the Trust Deed of St. Mark’s school and shall be consistent with the principles and practices of the Church of England.
Worship will be
The school recognises the right of withdrawal of teachers. Any parent has the right to ask for his child to be excused from collective worship, but before exercising that right, parents are asked to discuss, with the Executive Head Teacher or Head of School, the full implications of withdrawal.
AIMS OF COLLECTIVE WORSHIP
The School seeks to ensure that governors, staff, parents and pupils are aware of the school’s aims for collective worship.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Executive Head Teacher, Head of School and the Governing body shall ensure that a daily act of collective worship takes place.
The Collective Worship Leader is responsible for the day to day planning, organisation, monitoring and recording of worship.
Individual staff are responsible to ensure that
ORGANISATION OF WORSHIP
Account is taken of the multicultural nature of the school and our intention is that all members will worship together rather than apart.
Care will be taken to ensure appropriate conditions for worship i.e. comfort of pupils and staff, appropriate atmosphere, visual focus, example of teachers.
Acts of worship are based on the school values of RESPECT and the SEAL theme for each half term. An overview of these is available.
The pattern for worship each week at present is as follows:
|Monday||Whole School (usually Executive Head Teacher or Head of School)|
|Tuesday||Classroom worship -song and praise|
|Thursday||Whole school led by a class or a visitor|
|Friday||Whole School + Praise assembly
(usually Executive Head Teacher or Head of School)
Reception classes have a separate worship time in the classroom during the Autumn term and begin to join the rest of the school as the year progresses.
The above pattern is flexible according to the availability of visitors but is planned each term in advance by the Worship Leader.
There are additional opportunities to join in worship with St. Mark’s church at the end of each term. These take the form of a carol service, Eucharist or more informal worship and may be held in church or in school. St. Mark’s Church join members of the school community on these occasions
Special Services are arranged to celebrate Harvest, Christmas and Easter.
Visitors and outside speakers are encouraged to lead/join in our acts of worship.
Classroom Worship at St Mark’s
1. Plan for 5 to 10 minutes but include:
2. Use a focus which the children will learn to recognise and respect: the lighting of a candle, a vase of flowers, a picture, a piece of sculpture, a crucifix or cross, a shell or other natural object.
3. Learn to use silence through stilling exercises and guided meditation
Regularly conclude with silence.
4. Keep the session short and simple. Use some of the following:
5. Invite the pupils to reflect on the content of the worship either individually or in small groups, allowing time for discussion and reflection of 2 to 3 minutes.
6. Use music to begin or end
The Collective Worship Leader, under the guidance of the Executive Head Teacher and Head of School, will ensure that all staff implement the policy.
The Collective Worship Leader will report back to the Executive Head Teacher, Head of School, Governing Body and SLT as requested. The effectiveness of this policy will be reviewed annually