Every school day has a Collective Worship, this involves both pupil led worship and adult led worship. We have visits from our local church leaders and clergy from our local churches to enrich our worship experience and broaden our learning experience within the community.
Our Collective Worship takes many forms and can include bible readings, parables and lessons, or quiet reflection and prayer time but also our celebratory worship on a Friday. This is an integral part of instilling our Christian Values of Love, Friendship and Hope in our children. Every week we choose a child from the school who has shown one of our three core values and celebrate their achievements with a certificate and photograph to be hung on our prayer tree.
One of our great achievements is our Worship Team, this is a specially selected group of children who take note of the core values in the school, nurture them and encourage them to flourish among the pupils. They hold regular meetings to update staff with the progress and give a fabulous insight to the view points of the children of St Augustine's.
Years three and four lead the worship on a regular basis and use the church lectionary as their theme in the Christian year. They present a worship for the whole school which is often insightful and interesting for both the staff and pupils!
We recently attended an open doors event at St Werburgh's Hanbury, the children decorated a cross donated by a local business, sang Evensong as the choir, and made their own individual crosses. The large cross was decorated with the hand prints of our worship team and painted by the children, whilst the smaller crosses were put together to make a larger one. We believe this symbolised the joining of many individuals in the school to make a beautiful unit. This is hanging in our entrance hall with our larger cross displayed outside!
Some words from our Guest Worship Leader
How I see Christianity manifested at St Augustine’s
The worship area is an important part of the main hall, dominated by a symbolic dove hanging over the area, a tree to display pupil’s thoughts, a display area for pupil led worship and prayer box for prayer requests on the worship table.
This is alongside a stunning cross on the outside of the building and a beautifully made cross made of crosses in the foyer. I am aware of quiet areas in the classroom and a quiet area outside.
The children are hugely enthusiastic to take part in worship, always ready with responses to questions, offering their own thoughts and ideas, and happily participating in impromptu drama.
As I wait to lead worship I am like a fly on the wall privy to many conversations, teacher/parent, staff/pupil, teacher/pupil, school manager/catering staff/teaching assistant and always there is a courteous attitude everyone is heard, valued and cared for.
I never fail to be humbled by responses from pupils by their grasp of basic Christian beliefs e.g. by the existence of Jesus Christ in our hearts. They may question this as they grow older but that essential seed of faith has been sown at St Augustine’s.
Celia Ryan, Guest Worship Leader
Retired Teacher from St Augustine’s