The Policy for Collective Worship at Glan-yr-Afon follows the guidance of:
♦ Circular 1/94 Religious Education and Collective Worship
♦ School Standards and Framework Act 1998 – Chapter VI
♦ LEA Guidelines on Collective Worship in Maintained Schools.
‘In the light of the Christian traditions of Great Britain, collective worship is to be wholly or mainly of a broadly Christian character’. (ERA 1988, Education Act 1993)
ERA (1988) and the Education Act (1993) state that acts of worship may contain certain elements drawn from a number of different faiths but that, within each term, the majority of acts of worship must be wholly, or mainly, of a broadly Christian character.
At , our collective worship is broadly Christian but is distinct from corporate worship within one particular faith group. There are occasions when other faiths are the focus during collective worship (for example, festivals, holy days, etc.).
The School Standards and Framework Act 1998 states that each pupil in attendance at a Community, Foundation or Voluntary school shall, on each day, take part in an act of collective worship. If parents request that their child(ren) be wholly or partly excused from attendance at religious worship in the school, this shall be respected.
At Glan-yr-Afon, pupils take part in a daily act of collective worship and other arrangements are made for those pupils who are exempt.
The Purpose of Collective Worship
♦ To contribute to a sense of unity and community for the school as a whole.
♦ To promote spiritual, cultural and moral development.
Principles of Assembly/Collective Worship
Assemblies/collective worship should be pupil-centred, related to pupils’ own experience and concerns. They should acknowledge diversity, and pupils should take an active part in assemblies.
Assemblies should be educational. They should have a purpose and relate to other curriculum activities. Assemblies should be consistent with the aims of Glan-yr-Afon and advance pupils’ learning.
Assemblies/collective worship should be spiritual: a time for reflection and individual worship.
Aims of Collective Worship
♦ To provide the opportunity for an experience of worship.
♦ To reflect on the values and concerns of the school and the community it serves.
♦ To deepen and widen a child’s emotional response.
♦ To enable children to gain insights into ways in which people express themselves according to the tenets of their faith.
♦ To promote respect and sensitivity for the beliefs and values of others.
Objectives of Collective Worship
To develop a sense of:
♦ awe, wonder and mystery
♦ interdependence with the natural world
♦ pattern, sequence and order
♦ self-worth and the worth of others.
To develop an awareness:
♦ that life involves choices of belief/attitude/behaviour/relationships
♦ that there are issues of meaning, purpose and value in life.
At Glan-yr-Afon the principles of all assemblies/collective worship are that they should be:
and contribute to the moral, social and cultural development of children. They include mainly Christian worship and are seen as special times when children can feel secure, relaxed and part of a community.
Monday - taken by the Head or Deputy
Tuesday - taken by a visiting speaker
Wednesday - taken by the Head or Deputy
Thursday - hymn practice (held separately for Foundation Phase and Key Stage 2)
Friday - taken in the afternoon by the Head or Deputy, celebrating children’s achievements in and out of school.
Each month an assembly is taken by one of the classes. Parents of the children taking part are invited to these assemblies. All parents are welcome at these assemblies and to all full school assemblies.
Assemblies are planned on a weekly basis, incorporating a theme that fosters spiritual, cultural and moral development. Themes include examples from various religious cultures and are linked to the Calendar of Religious Festivals for the year:
♦ religious events
♦ special days
♦ special events in the life of
♦ topics being undertaken.
♦ Curriculum Cymraeg
The themes teach the children to reflect on serious affairs and offer them the chance to respond through a variety of activities: songs, music making, hymns, drama, role-play, the visual arts, silent thought, prayer and discussion.
♦ Meetings are arranged to develop a sense of occasion.
♦ Children are expected to enter and leave quietly.
♦ While the children are in the Hall, they sit in class groups on the floor.
♦ Music, in harmony with the theme, is played at the start and end of the assembly.
♦ A hymn or song, appropriate to the theme of the week, is sung and the overhead projector might be used to project suitable images.
♦ Parents and members of the local community are invited regularly to assemblies each term.
♦ Visiting speakers are invited occasionally.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from acts of worship.
Arrangements are made for those children who are withdrawn from collective worship. They are given appropriate work and supervised in the activity room by members of staff (on a rota basis).
In class assembly time, these children will be given work to complete, while the rest of the class takes part in assembly/collective worship.
Staff, equally, have the right to withdraw from collective worship.
The Education Reform Act does not define collective worship. At Glan-yr-Afon, we focus on someone or something that promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of all children.