The daily act of Collective Worship is a legal requirement in all schools and at St Mark’s it is based on a Christian and Anglican foundation. We use the Bible as reference, as well as examples from other walks of life.
It provides the opportunity to come together as a school community to promote Christian values and the vision of the school, which is ‘Inspiring minds, achieving excellence and nurturing faith’
Christian teaching provides the children with the opportunity to relate the core values to their own lives and reflect on choices they have made and how choices impact on lives and on this world.
It encourages pupils to take responsibility for their own conduct and display good values around the school and on a Thursday, we celebrate examples of good values in our celebration worship.
Prayer plays a very important role at collective worship. Children have the opportunity to do silent prayers, during quiet reflection as well as write prayers in their special place in the classroom. Children's prayers are dedicated to God as part of the Church worship.
Children play an integral part of collective worship, with them leading readings and prayers on a Wednesday in the Church. We are fortunate to have Mother Roxanne leading collective worship both in Church and during weekly visits to the school site.
Our vision of 'Inspiring Minds, Achieving Excellence and Nurturing Faith in reflected in our times of Collective Worship. We invite you to join us each week. Click here for our YouTube playlist
The following elements are part of our usual school practice:
- Music as the children enter the hall to create an appropriate atmosphere. Children are encouraged to join in with the praise and worship songs.
- Welcome greeting and school values prayer, whilst lighting the candle.
- A key message
- A time of reflection on the key message where children are prompted to think or pray about the world, the school and people in the community.
- This is a quiet time, for children to reflect on how the Christian values can help them to make a positive difference at St Mark’s, in the community and the wider world
- The final prayer / The Lord's Prayer.
- Music/Hymn as children leave the hall
We follow a programme, that includes significant events in the church calendar.