As a Church of England (VC) Primary School, Norton in Hales School’s worship policy follows the minimum standards for all schools as set out in the 1988 Education Reform Act and in also is line with the beliefs and practices of the Church of England. As a Church school we know that God is at the centre of all that is best. Collective worship is therefore a very important part of the life of our school and this policy draws on the advice from the Diocese of Lichfield’s Board of Education.
Aims of Collective Worship
- Our collective worship contributes to the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our pupils, as appropriate to their ages and aptitudes. For example it helps pupils’ spiritual development by teaching them about God and giving them the opportunity to worship Him together.
- It offers pupils the opportunity to hear about God from the Bible, to develop their own relationship with Him through prayer and to reflect on themselves and their place in His world It encourages silent reflection, helping children to recognise the spiritual dimension of life.
- It helps pupils’ moral development by taking time to become aware of different life values, teaching respect for other faiths, while developing a common ethos and shared values based on Christian standards.
- It promotes pupils’ social development by helping them feel part of a community and by reinforcing positive attitudes to others. Our worship will encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered.
- It helps pupils’ cultural development by drawing on our Christian heritage through the Bible and other key writings and through religious festivals and practices. Pupils are also given the opportunity to experience and respond to appropriate music, literature, art and artefacts.
Organisation of Collective Worship
- It is the responsibility of the Governors, of Norton in Hales School, to arrange the programme for collective worship after consulting with the Headteacher.
- Worship is of a Christian character, in accordance with the denominational character of the school.
- The termly themes are planned appropriatley with the ages and abilities of the children involved.
- We provide an act of worship for all pupils every day, thus fulfilling our statutory duty, organised as follows;
|Day||Collective Worship||Worship is led by|
Whole School Values Worship
(Roots and Fruits Christian Values Themes)
|Mrs Alkureishi (Headteacher)|
|Tuesday||Class Worship||Class Teachers and pupils|
|Wednesday||Gospel Worship||Reverend Don|
|Thursday||Singing Worship||Mrs Buckley|
|Friday||Whole School Values Celebrations and Certificates||Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants|