Bunbury Aldersey Church of England (Aided) Primary School is an Anglican School and the religious education it provides is in conformity with the rites, practices and doctrines of the Church of England. The daily act of collective worship is viewed as an integral and important part of school life. Through this and in the general ethos of the school we seek to promote our vision:
‘The Bunbury community are united in their ambition to create a school which embodies the person, love and work of Jesus Christ: a school which enables Christian values to flourish and where all children may experience the abundant life that Jesus offers.’
Worship is a time where we come together to share our love of God and celebrate our achievements together. The worship of the school is based on promoting the Person, Love and Work of Jesus which permeates the ethos of the school. As such, the contributions of staff, pupils, church clergy and other visitors are valued highly.
Worship is when we meet to acknowledge and reflect in God’s word and the teachings of Jesus. It is where we acknowledge an infinitely larger world we inhabit and where we are touched, however fleetingly, by its mystery, awe and wonder.
Collective Acts of Worship (CAW) take place daily and are planned on a termly basis to incorporate all major Christian festivals as well as thought provoking and reflective themes and Anglican traditions. Worship focuses on the person of Jesus and His central position in Christian faith, as well as looking to God the Father and the Holy Spirit. The children start each CAW by saying a collective prayer and lighting a candle as a visual reminder of the Holy Spirit with us. All CAW include reflection, prayer, a hymn and reference to a relevant biblical passage.
A range of leaders include clergy, visitors and class teachers. Once a week the children are specifically involved in planning and leading a CAW, providing them with the opportunity to relate the Christian faith to current local, national and global topics. In addition to this children choose prayers on a daily basis.
Each half term the school focus on a different value. During celebration worship on a Friday children are recognised and awarded a sticker and certificate for demonstrating that value in school. Children also have the opportunity to nominate someone within school, the community or wider society who has demonstrated this value in the way they live.
The projector in the hall enables the use of video clips and presentations to enhance children’s engagement. A focal point for worship is currently a candle, however this is dependent on the time of year and changes to other objects such as a cross or a picture of a dove to allow children to think about what a symbol can represent.
Every Friday the Principal, Senior Leaders or clergy lead a celebration assembly which provides the opportunity for children’s work, efforts, behaviour and achievements to be recognised and celebrated. Parents often invited attend this worship too.
Each week different children are responsible for planning, delivering and evaluating CAW, this provides further opportunity to incorporate their own ideas in future CAW.
Parents have the right to withdraw their child from Collective Acts of Worship following a discussion with the Principal.