We, as a school community, know that we have a major influence on the developing values of children through relationships, everyday classroom interactions, and from the example we try to set. We teach the Christian Values of Courage, Trust, Creativity, Justice, Forgiveness, Peace, Humility, Truth, Thankfulness, Compassion, Hope and friendship.
Each half term, staff and visitors follow a given theme and worship can take the form of an assembly which is story based, led by children and inspiring! Staff are encouraged to give the children time for reflection within each assembly time. Mrs Norton gives children chance to reflect each half term. A new reflective Diary has been introduced. This is placed on the worship table and referred to at the beginning and end of the assembly, encouraging children to respond.
We as a school , ensure that the children know the values are not just for worship/assembly times but that they are required to show that the seeds sewn during the worship/assembly times grow and develop throughout the school day. They are referred to during the school day and used as part of our positive discipline policy.
Values are transmitted through the management, mission statement and aims of our school. We work to make our school a safe and caring environment where children can share, think about and experience ethical enquiry and cultivate habits required for good moral conduct. We do this by setting good examples, modeling how we wish the children to speak to one another.
ASSEMBLY / WORSHIP TIMES
The children enjoy singing and use their Friday worship time to learn new songs to be able to use in our worship time. We follow a set pattern of assembly formats: Monday is Value Theme based and lead by Mrs Norton, the Headteacher. This helps to set the tone for the week ahead. Tuesday is led by Class teachers with children regularly participating. Wednesday is a day when we welcome visitors who follow the Value Theme and often encourage children to engage in many different ways. Thursday is known as Commendation assembly lead by Mrs Webb our Deputy Headteacher, children are commended for achievements in and outside of school. Friday's worship is led by both Mrs Webb and Mrs Norton and is our chance to learn new songs and old. Once a month Johnny and Simon from Rugby Youth for Christ lead 'Wild Worship'. All times of worship, currently work within the 'value' for the half term with links made where ever possible, throughout the curriculum.
THE KEY ELEMENTS OF AN ACT OF WORSHIP
Gathering- We gather the children each day and set the mood for the worship time, with music or song, often linked to the theme for the assembly. Sometimes we encourage the children to enter the worship area quietly, respectfully and/or joyfully but always expectantly. There is often an image on the screen or an object/objects to focus on. We light the Worship Candle and children respond to ‘We light this candle’ by saying ‘to remind us that Jesus is the light of the world.’
Engaging- The next step is to engage them in a story or a game to stimulate them to get involve and to interact with the message.
Responding- We expect them to respond, either by internalising and thinking about how the message directly effects them or by asking them to talk to one another. Questions are used to encourage them to think deeply and reflect on what something means to them.
Sending- What action will they take away/sent with them, how can what they have heard or experienced make a difference in their own life or the life of our school, or the wider community?
Prayer- The school prayer is used or one chosen by the person leading worship, or read by a child. Other times prayers will be led by the visitor, from our prayer book or by children leading worship.