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St Peter's Roman Catholic Primary School

Live, Love and Learn

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Prayer and Worship Policy

St. Peter’s R.C. Primary School

Collective Worship Policy

 

Mission Statement 

Together,

as a faithful community,

we will live, love and learn

so that we are a reflection of Jesus,

inspiring others to walk with us.

 

 

Aims

 

At St. Peter’s R.C. Primary School, worship is an integral and vital aspect of daily life. Through different forms of worship, we seek to reinforce our school mission:

 

Together,

as a faithful community,

we will live, love and learn

so that we are a reflection of Jesus,

inspiring others to walk with us.

 

Worship within school is founded on the promotion of the Gospel values which underpin all we do. It encompasses the following aims:

 

  • Enable pupils and staff to develop personal relationships with God through prayer
  • Develop an awareness of the presence of God in others and ourselves
  • Foster a faith community and an individual sense of belonging
  • Provide time for reflection on the mysteries of faith
  • Develop an understanding and appreciation of scripture
  • Explore and understand religious beliefs and practices
  • Celebrate and give thanks
  • Reflect on moral and spiritual issues
  • Provide experience of a variety of forms of prayer

 

 

Organisation

 

Worship within school occurs on a daily basis. An act of collective worship takes place each morning, either through whole school or Key Stage gatherings led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team, or within individual classrooms. The worship focus reflects the Liturgical calendar and contains scripture at its core. It should be appropriate to the age, aptitude and background of those participating.

During whole school gatherings, a Worship certificate is awarded to a child who has demonstrated a commitment to their personal faith and its development as witnessed by the Chaplaincy Team as one of the 5 Ws.

 

Staff meetings and briefing sessions begin with a prayerful reflection to remind staff of their role and purpose as evangelists within the school community.

 

The Chaplaincy Room is open during the day at all times for pupils and staff to visit individually or in groups.

 

Each classroom contains a prayer table which acts as a stimulus for prayer. All prayer tables reflect the Liturgical season with scripture passages and prompts which are consistent within each Key Stage.

 

Pupils and staff are encouraged to participate in different forms of prayer.

In addition to whole school and class worship opportunities, a weekly whole school Musical Worship session takes place to enable children and staff to pray through song. All class timetables include a meditation slot for quiet reflection, with an expectation that children will develop their ability to pray in stillness for increasing periods of time.

 

 

Planning and Delivery of Collective Worship

 

Collective worship is planned following a structure which references Liturgical seasons and the Religious Education curriculum. Whole school and Key Stage collective worship sessions are planned ahead for the academic year to ensure a broad and varied range of scripture. It includes flexibility to enable staff and pupils to respond to any issues or events which arise and affect themselves or others.

 

Daily classroom based worship sessions focus on the Pray Together materials. Each week is based around a theme from the daily liturgies.

The format of each daily liturgy is as follows:

  • Opening Prayer
  • Reading
  • Reflection
  • Response

 

In addition, Children will be taught to recite a range of prayers from heart, to enable them to pray together from memory. These will include traditional prayers, mass responses and prayers from the liturgy for special feasts.

 

Pupils are expected to take an active role in the planning and delivery of collective worship. Regular class and whole school masses present opportunities for each year group to lead others in worship, with the support of the Chaplaincy Team and members of staff.

 

Members of the Chaplaincy Team also plan and lead extra- curricular prayer groups open to pupils, parents and parishioners. These include Rosary groups during May and October, weekly morning masses during Lent and a pupil meditation group.

 

 

Parent and Parish Links

 

The Catholic ethos of St. Peter’s is rooted in the values of a Christ centred life. To ensure we live out these beliefs, we support children in developing an understanding of their role as Catholics within a wider faith community.

 

We recognise that our parents are the primary educators of their children.

We seek to promote an open and genuine partnership with parents and carers through the following:

  • Welcoming parents of incoming pupils and familiarising them with the school’s mission
  • Encouraging the attendance and participation of family members in acts of worship, celebrations and masses
  • Instruction sessions for parents supporting children through the Sacramental Programme, led by the parish priest and catechists

 

As a Catholic school, St. Peter’s has a vital role within the parish. We maintain strong links with the parish and wider community through the following:

  • Inviting parishioners to masses and worship celebrations
  • Involvement of parishioners in the sacramental programme
  • Inter-school support within Salford Diocese
  • Exploration of world faiths, their beliefs and practices
  • Fundraising for local diocesan, national and international charitable organisations

 

 

Gillian McKeogh

R.E. Leader

 

April 2016                                                                            Policy Review Date: July 2018