Daily Worship offers the opportunity for the whole school community to grow spiritually through experiences of prayer, stillness and reflection. Statutory obligations are fulfilled.
On a weekly basis, we have an Achievement Service which recognises children’s achievement both within and outside of our school. The certificates awarded include ‘sharing a smile, perseverance, engaged and independent learning and progress.’ The Academy Councillors present the certificates each week.
A star pupil trophy per class is awarded weekly for the child in each class who demonstrates our core values and our Vision “Let their light shine” Matthew 5:16.
We also celebrate children’s achievements outside of school to recognise when they complete good deeds to support others in need e.g. when children have had their hair cut to make a wig for a child who is undergoing treatment for cancer. The children see their good deeds within the context of “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
We also have special services to celebrate Harvest, Remembrance, Advent, Lent, Easter and our Year 6 Leavers Service. We have termly services called ‘Reach for the Stars’. In these services one child is selected by the class teachers who has really demonstrated throughout the term that they have shown perseverance in their learning to reach their potential. Up to six members of the child’s family are invited into the ‘Reach for the Stars’ service to proudly watch their child/grandchild be awarded with the trophy. This service is an excellent opportunity for family members to worship alongside the school community through prayer and song. One child in the whole school community is awarded a Paddington Bear in memory of one of our gorgeous teachers who died of cancer. The Paddington is given to a child ‘till they are an old granny or granddad’ for showing the values that Mrs Macaulay held dear e.g. putting the needs of others first and showing kindness.
“It was an amazing moment to come home and find a golden letter inviting us to the special Reach for the Stars celebration worship. To receive a letter informing us about the progress that our daughter has made and then to see a proud smile across her face was absolutely fantastic. It was a magical morning we will all never forget.” Year 1 parent.
Children and adults appreciate Christian Worship in different ways e.g. music, prayer, silence, Bible stories and poems. It is a reflective experience for children with different faiths or non. Children are often asked to give their viewpoint on the theme of worship and the impact it has had on them. Their responses are often deep and thought provoking.