We place Christ at the centre of all we do and therefore we believe that Collective Worship helps us all to build our relationship with Jesus and come to know him better.
Mass – We attend Mass as a whole school at Christ the King Church on Holy Days of Obligation. In addition to this we celebrate special Masses during the school year, beginning with a Welcome Mass as we start the new academic year. Each class attends morning Mass each term where the children write and lead the parish in the Prayers of Intersession. Parents are warmly invited to celebrate these Masses with us.
Whole School Liturgy – Miss Lickess leads whole school liturgy on a Monday where we listen to and reflect upon Sunday’s Gospel. We are helped to understand the teachings of Jesus through the Gospels, and how we can live these out as Christians and friends of Jesus. As a school community, we deepen our understanding of the seasons of the Church’s year, learning about liturgical colours, feast days and the Liturgy of the Word of Mass.
Key Stage Collective Worship – Children and their teachers gather together within their key stages for Collective Worship. This worship is based around current RE themes and the seasons of the Church’s year. In Key Stage 2, children are involved in the planning and delivery of this worship.
Classroom Worship – As part of our RE curriculum we encourage children to reflect on their learning in RE and respond to it. As part of this process the children are led by their teachers in planning, participating in and evaluating liturgies celebrating the learning that has taken place during an RE topic. We want children to develop their understanding of liturgy and their appreciation of it. Therefore, we believe it is important for us to look to children as having an important role to play in leading the faith community. Jesus welcomed children and used them as models of faith for his followers and we try to do the same.
Godly Play – Each term every class takes part in Godly Play. Godly Play is a creative and imaginative way of teaching our children about God and guiding them in their spiritual journey.
Prayer Groups – Throughout the year of the Church, children are invited to pray in school with both staff and parishioners. In May and October we pray The Rosary as well as Lenten and Advent Prayers. These are held in our school chapel.
Family Collective Worship – Families are welcomed to various acts of Collective Worship throughout the year, both in school and at church.