Whittle Academy Statement on Collective Worship
1 Aims and objectives
The aims and objectives of collective worship are:
- to enable children to consider spiritual and moral issues;
- to enable children to explore their own beliefs;
- to encourage participation and response;
- to develop in children a sense of community spirit;
- to promote a common ethos, with shared values, and to reinforce positive attitudes;
2 Collective worship
1. Collective worship involves all members of the school coming together and participating in an assembly. We expect everyone to take an active part in the assembly.
2. Assemblies are operated in line with the 1988 Education Reform Act, which states that collective worship should be 'wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character'. However, we conduct our assemblies in a manner that is sensitive to the faiths and beliefs of all members of the school.
3 Organisation of collective worship
- School holds a daily act of collective worship. This forms part of each morning assembly, which can be either a whole-school assembly (although we also hold separate Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 assemblies), and class assemblies.
- Assemblies are conducted in a dignified and respectful way. We tell children that assembly time is a period of calm reflection. It is regarded as a special time in which children are expected to be quiet and thoughtful, to listen carefully to the teachings, and to participate fully in ‘Quiet Time’ which for some children may be a prayer. An appropriate atmosphere is created, by using music, and sometimes candles or other objects, to focus the attention of the children.
- The assemblies are normally conducted by the head teacher or other members of staff, but are sometimes led by local clergy or other visitors to school.
All of our assemblies follow themes that we feel are important for our children to understand as they prepare for life in modern Britain. Themes are taken from key messages about behaviours, moral choices and dilemmas, the traditions of
the Christian faith festivals that mark the events of the Christian calendar and also important festivals from other World Religions. Our aim is to encourage the children to reflect on their personal values, tolerance and respect, diversity, and themselves as an individual. In addition, we look at significant dates that occur in Britain. This term we have celebrated World Book Day, Chinese New Year, Mothering Sunday as well as thinking about British values and famous Britons who espouse them.
Every Friday we also celebrate the great work and behaviour the children have achieved in our weekly Merit Assembly.
We want to celebrate the achievements of our pupils and share this success with parents and carers, whenever possible, by inviting them to attend our assemblies whenever possible.
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