Our Christian Values
Our school is distinctive in character as a Church of England Voluntary Aided School. Collective Worship emphasises the Christian way of life. A daily act of worship is led by the Headteacher, School Chaplain, Assistant Headteachers, teachers, our parish priests and visitors. A daily prayer or reflection is led by pupils and Bible reading is included in this time.
Staff are supported in their leadership of worship through regular training and continued professional development in this area.
Lectio Divina (Divine Reading)
We are always looking for ways in which to grow and adapt our opportunities to develop spiritually. Our pupils and staff have embraced a type of worship which is new to us, in the form of Lectio Divina.
What is Lectio Divina?
A traditional practice of reading a passage from scripture, repeating this and meditating on key words and phrases that hold meaning or speak out to the individual. Rather than treating scripture as something to be studied it treats scripture as a way to communicate with God through His word.
How does it work in practice?
Each class holds a weekly session which pupils and adults are invited to take part in. Worship begins with the lighting of a candle and call and response, all class members are invited to sit in the circle. Pupils and adults can share which parts of the reading speak to them after the passage is read a few times. Some choose to do this, some choose just to listen and have some quiet reflection time.
It is a time when each class can come together and share in reflection and meditation in order to develop each individual's spiritual awareness and grow a deeper understanding of their peers.
Worship closes with a prayer, or the Grace and the extinguishing of the candle.
Wisdom, Dignity & Respect
Our value this term is Wisdom. We will be exploring Bible Stories of King Solomon and examples of wise choices outlined in the parables.
Captain Graham Leading Worship
We enjoy Captain Graham's visits, and especially enjoyed the selection of chocolate he provided this week!
Captain Graham talked to us about Jesus' choice of disciples and how it is important for us to look deeper to ensure we choose the right people to support us, as Jesus did when he chose his disciples.