With our strong school Christian values and faith in God, we believe that all children thrive in an environment in which they are happy, challenged and secure: secure in the knowledge they are safe and cared for; challenged to achieve their best; and happy in the knowledge they are each appreciated for their individuality and their achievements.
At Pluckley Church of England Primary School we have an act of Collective Worship every day, to which every child within the school is invited to attend (either as a whole school or in the classroom).
All teaching and ideas are Christian and follow the teachings of the Bible, which are explored and made relevant to life today. All acts of worship have a Bible story or Bible passage as its focus.
Our Collective Worships are welcoming and create an inviting atmosphere conducive to worship, by following a consistent approach:
|The Leader begins by welcoming the children and then inviting the prefects to light the candle and by say an Anglican liturgical greeting (Jesus is the light of the world...)|
|We ensure the children always have a role within the worship. This could be planned or spontaneous and engage children individually, in groups or as a whole congregation. We are creative and allow the children freedom and opportunities to be creative themselves within the worship experiences|
|Children are given opportunities to discuss, in talk partners, share their ideas/answers to posed wondering questions. (I wonder what respect means? What does it look like in our school?)|
|Singing forms part of our Collective Worship|
|There is time for children to be still and silent to reflect and think about the key thoughts and or the Bible message|
|Children are given opportunity to pray, either personally (silently) or out loud as a group or on behalf of the other children|
|The children go out with a thought, verse, prayer or question to enable them to continue their thinking and spur them into action (when appropriate) following the worship session|
|We close by inviting the prefects to say an Anglican liturgical sending prayer (‘Go, in peace, to love and serve the Lord’) before they extinguish the candles.|