Our School Prayer
O Lord, bless our school; that working together and playing together,We may learn to serve you and to serve one another. Amen.
Our vision for Bladon CE Primary School reflects a passionate commitment to learning and recognition of the uniqueness of individual learners. It is driven by our desire to offer the best possible education for our pupils in partnership with parents and the local community. The school serves its community by working in partnership within the context of Christian belief and practice and understanding of shared values.
What is collective worship?
Collective worship in schools should aim to provide the opportunity for pupils to worship God, to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs; to encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered; and to develop community spirit promote a common ethos and shared values and reinforce positive attitudes.
What do we mean by ‘worship’ at Bladon CE Primary School?
We believe in coming together as a school, Key Stages or as individual classes to: -
- Celebrate and appreciate
- Contemplate and wonder
- Inspire and enthuse
- Be comfortable and nourished
- Be thankful and pray
- Above all collective worship should involve and empower the children – they are the best resources we have.
Focus and content of worship
Collective worship is seen as a rich opportunity to provide for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. For this to be successful worship should:
- Have a sense of occasion
- Invite participation
- Be concerned with the worship of God
- Provide an opportunity for pupils to explore their inner feelings
- Provide opportunities for individuals and the community to share what is of importance to them/it
- Celebrate beliefs, values and idealsRespect the integrity of all individuals, valuing everyone as a child of God
- Promote Christian moral values
- Promote the moral codes of our school and explore the rationale for them
- Promote personal qualities such as thoughtfulness, fairness, respect, honesty etc
- Reflect on models of moral virtue in literature and the lives of contemporary people and those of the past
- Foster a sense of community and belonging
- Be varied in style and include different forms of expression e.g. art, music, story, dance
- Celebrate pupils’ talents
- Make use of symbols and imagery
Following the call to worship there are various ways of gathering. Assembling in silence, singing a well-known song, listening to music, watching a looped slide show are all examples. As part of the gathering the greeting is used to welcome everyone and to make a beginning to our worship establishing the liturgical pattern.
Bladon CE PS open an act of worship in the following way. Responsive - God is loveall the time.
All the time God is love. Single/simple greetings - In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
Ritual/Ceremonial greeting: movement and action - The lighting of a candle is a common ceremony to begin worship.