Collective worship in St Mary’s RC Primary School names and celebrates God’s presence in our lives. It is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit.

The Aims of Collective Worship

Collective Worship in St Mary’s Catholic Primary School aims to provide opportunities for all pupils and staff:

    • To contemplate the mystery of God
    • To reflect on spiritual and moral issues
    • To explore personal beliefs
    • To respond to and to celebrate life
    • To experience a sense of belonging and to develop community spirit
    • To develop a common ethos and shared values
    • To enrich religious experience
    • To grow in liturgical understanding and development
    • To pray using prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
    • To reinforce positive attitudes
    • To participate fully
    • To take time out ‘to wonder at’, ‘to come to terms with’ and ‘to give worth to.’

Planning, Content and Celebration

Collective Worship is planned following a structure with reference to the Church’s seasons, Come and See, feast days, the curriculum and significant dates e.g. CAFOD Family Fast Day, Holocaust Memorial Day.

Parish and parents are invited to participate in some celebrations.

A variety of prayer styles will be used appropriate to the age of the children and the occasion.

The Learning Environment

Religious artwork and displays are on show throughout the school and help the school community and visitors to experience the uniqueness of our learning environment.

Focal points in each classroom and throughout the school reflect the liturgical season and reference Come and See topics. Each class has a working wall which is used throughout each topic. A prayer corner is in the main hall for children to reflect and the spiritual garden outside allows the children time to pray and reflect outside.

The children plan and lead their own class worship each week. .

Collective Worship/ Liturgy Timetable

Monday Whole school collective worship (Adult led)
Tuesday Planning of class liturgy
Wednesday Class liturgy
Thursday Hymn Practice
Friday Staff liturgy and Pastoral Care

Throughout Lent each class will hold a 10 minute reflection, using the Examen. The prayer corner and spiritual garden is open every day for the children to visit.

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