An act of Collective Worship takes place every day and is an important part of school life, making space for pupils and staff to come together and share in worship through learning, music, reflection and prayer. Collective Worship follows a cycle of planning based on key Christian Beliefs and Values. These are taken from the Values for Life scheme, as recommended by the Church of England.
Our Worship is inclusive and gives all of the school community the chance to be part of the experience, while respecting the integrity of family and cultural backgrounds. Members of the local church community visit the school regularly and lead. Fortnightly we hold our Collective Worship in our neighbouring Spetisbury Church. Every Friday we hold a Celebration Worship. This is an opportunity to reflect and celebrate on the children's achievements academically, socially and extra-curricular. Special 'Celebration Leaves' are handed out at this occasion as well as an award for Good Behaviour.
We also welcome members of the local Christian Community to lead Collective Worship. Teachers and the Headteacher lead Collective Worship during the week. From time to time a whole class plans and delivers collective worship to which parents are invited. Collective Worship makes very clear links between charities the school supports and key Christian Bible stories. We visit the Parish Church and other local churches for project work and for special church festivals such as Christmas, Easter and Harvest.
A pupil elected body called the 'Worship Team' meet regularly, representing the children in each class. Alongside the Collective Worship Leader, Mr Baxter, and the Religious Education Leader, Mr MorGan, The Worship Team help to monitor, evaluate and suggest new ideas in support of our Christian Distinctiveness.
Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from Collective Worship, if they wish. We ask that parents discuss this with the class teacher first, so that appropriate arrangements can be made for the supervision of any child withdrawn from this activity.
Our School Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for our school and its beautiful surroundings,
And all that we learn here.
Thank you for all the people who work and study in this school.
Help other people around the world who are less fortunate than us.
Let us love and respect each other and all living things.
May we live by our Christian values and keep Spetisbury School a happy place.
We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds
with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us more deeply
into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.