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Church of England First School


Collective Worship 


Collective Worship at St Richard's School is highly valued and a time is set apart in the school day and week, where the whole school community gather together in a time that is honouring and worthy to God. 


It provides opportunities for the school community to arrive with the right attitude, engage with their own spirituality and Biblical teachings and leave feeling refreshed and inspired.


The new SIAMS evaluation schedule talks about worship being the 'heartbeat' of the school, beating away beneath everything that goes on in school. Just as the beating of a creature's heart is the signal that it is alive, the heartbeat of worship signals the life, energy and Christian spirit of the school. 


Worship can also be a 'time to breathe'; a time when all can come together to find a space, silence and quietness to reflect on their own spirituality, values and place in the world. Just as breathing is vitally important to life, worship is a significant and sacred time in the life of the school; ensuring the time is valued to allow all to 'breathe' through worship. 


Collective Worship gives the whole school community the opportunity to: 

  • Engage in an act of community
  • Express praise and giving thanks to God
  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teaching of Christ through Biblical texts
  • Affirm our Values and attitudes
  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar
  • Experience and respond to Anglican traditions and practices
  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events
  • Be still and reflect
  • Share each other’s joys and challenges
  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness