Collective worship is an important part of every school day and is either led by a member of staff or an invited visitor. It is largely Christian in focus, but we ensure it is as inclusive for all of our pupils.
At Harvest, Christmas and Easter we hold special services for families at either St James' Church in Mangotsfield or in the school hall. At different times of the year, our children are asked to sing on Sundays at St James' Church. Reverend Teresa also leads collective worship once per term in school.
Collective worship is linked to our RE Curriculum ‘Understanding Christianity’ with each theme reinforcing our Lighthouse Values. We focus upon a different Value each term & strongly emphasise links with our PSHE curriculum and British Values. Throughout the year we invite people to our Collective Worships from the local community & church community to give our messages greater meaning.
The structure of weekly Collective Worship enables our children to celebrate & reflect upon their knowledge & understanding of Christianity through exploring their own ideas & beliefs about the world. The children are given opportunities to participate in our worships through singing, taking part in stories & quizzes. They pose questions to reflect upon in their classes, which are linked to Philosophy for Children (P4C). Their responses are recorded in class P4C Books & are brought together to share in our whole school Collective Worship.
Each term our RE Subject Leader appoints Assembly Ambassadors to support leading CW. These children are involved in planning our CW & at the end of each Theme they plan a celebration CW to share the work the children have been producing in RE across the whole school.
At the end of each term, we hold our much anticipated 'Cup Assembly'. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate individual members of our school community who have been noticed by their teachers.
Our four cups are:
The Lighthouse Cup - awarded to pupils who have exemplified our Lighthouse Values
The Bignall Cup - awarded to pupils who have shown consistently well mannered behaviour
The Governor Cup - awarded to pupils for significant and sustained academic progress
The KS1/2 Achievement Cup - awarded to pupils for a one off achievement