Collective Worship / Prayer & Liturgy
Why is collective worship important in Catholic schools?
In schools with a designated religious character, like Catholic schools, collective worship is far more than a statutory requirement. It is crucial to the spiritual life of the school and to pupils’ moral and spiritual development. Collective worship is an important part of a Catholic school’s distinctive ethos.
Taking part in daily collective worship helps build community cohesion by creating a consistent structure around the core values and symbols of Christianity. In Catholic schools, pupil participation and engagement in worship are important criteria in the diocesan inspection of Catholic education, not least during the daily act of collective worship. From Reception to Year 6, pupils are invited to play an active part in collective worship.
Throughout the year, Catholic school communities come together to celebrate important events in the Church’s calendar, such as Lent and Advent, as well as the start and end of the academic year. Through regular prayer and worship, including Mass, the rhythm of the Church’s year becomes a normal part of school life and each pupil’s life.
These activities are integral to the Catholic identity and life of the school; they would take place in all Catholic schools, whether or not schools were required by statute to provide collective worship.
Why is collective worship important in all schools?
Britain is a multicultural and multi-faith society. In this context, collective worship remains an essential part of the life of every school, for community schools and academies just as much as in denominational faith schools. Many schools continue to hold acts of collective worship because of the value to the school community and to children’s broader educational development.
Collective worship offers all schools the chance to explore and understand the values at the heart of their ethos. From forgiveness and humility, to gratitude and justice, collective worship gives pupils a space and time to reflect.
If it is a part of a school’s routine, collective worship provides a shared language of values to build a close-knit cohesive community. Whether in times of crisis or celebration, the time set aside in the school day for reflection provides everyone with the opportunity to gather and support one another as a community
N.B. Collective worship will soon be known as Prayer & Liturgy in Catholic Schools
At Sacred Heart, we use Ten:Ten Collective Worship to deliver our weekly Monday session, which normally focusses on the Sunday Gospel reading from the day before, or an important liturgical event or feast day that enables our pupils to reflect on the Catholic faith.
For the remainder of the week, we use Ten:Ten's daily prayers to support our classroom worship as well as developing adult-led and pupil-led collective worship sessions across the school.
|Day||Collective Worship Session||Focus|
|Monday||Whole School Collective Worship||Sunday Gospel|
|Tuesday||Hymn Practice / Daily Prayer / class based collective worship||Scripture / liturgical season|
|Wednesday||Class based collective worship||Scripture / liturgical season|
|Thursday||Class based collective worship||Scripture / liturgical season|
|Friday||Class based collective worship / merit celebration assembly||Gospel Values|
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Sacred Heart Values Education
At Sacred Heart, we believe that the ethos of our school should be built on a foundation of core values such as honesty, respect, happiness, responsibility, tolerance and peace. They form the basis for the social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and moral development of the whole child. They encourage pupils to consider these values in an explicit and structured way, thereby developing knowledge, skills and attitudes that enable them to develop as reflective learners and grow to be adults mindful of values that underpin positive relationships in adult society. Faith schools refer to these values as Christian or Gospel values. We refer to them as Sacred Heart Values.
We follow the Values Education outlined by the Diocese of East Anglia. The order is linked to the liturgical and academic years and we reward children weekly for showing the values in their day to day activities in school.