Assemblies and Collective Worship
As a Catholic school, Collective Worship is an important time during which we can share in celebrating God’s love and learning more about our Catholic faith through stories, songs, drama, games and prayer. We also explore the traditions of other religions in order for children to become more understanding of the beliefs of others. In addition to this we have our Celebration Assembly each Friday afternoon.
Monday Gospel Assembly
Each and every Monday afternoon we gather together in God’s presence with our school family to listen to the Sunday Gospel and to share God’s word. From this, we are set a mission for the week which we try our best to follow and fulfil, following in Jesus’ footsteps.
A member of the senior leadership team leads the assembly with the help of the Year 6 Faith in Action team; children and staff take turns to read the Gospel and lead our school prayers.
Thursday Hymn Practice
“He who sings, prays twice”, St Augustine.
Singing is an important part of school life, and children are encouraged to sing at assemblies, whole school Masses and weekly Hymn Practice. Each Thursday afternoon EYFS and Key Stage 1, and Key Stage 2 gather together for Hymn Practice in the school hall. Hymn Practice is led by an external singing teacher, Mr Allerton.
Friday Celebration Assembly
Friday assemblies are an opportunity for parents, children, and staff to celebrate children’s achievements. Children look forward to receiving special certificates and stickers celebrating academic achievement and in recognition of how they have behaved that week in class and at playtime and dinnertime. Each week we celebrate the children demonstrating a different school value- aspiration, self-belief, perseverance, independence, respect and enjoyment.
Stickers are awarded for the best smile and the smartest uniform. There are also trophies to be won for the best attendance and best behaviour at lunchtime. Children look forward to celebrating their birthday with the school by singing how old they are now.
Sometimes Friday Assemblies take the form of a Class Showcase where children get the opportunity to share their learning with parents and carers.