Collective Worship at St Matthews Catholic Primary School
Collective worship in St Matthews Primary School names and celebrates God’s presence in our lives. It is concerned with giving glory, honour, praise and thanks to God. It is our loving response, in word and action, to God’s invitation to enter into relationship, made possible through the work of Jesus Christ and the witness of the Holy Spirit.
All St Matthews’ staff and children take part in daily collective worship. This is part of our daily routine and is embraced as moments in time to come together to celebrate the joy and wonder of the faith.
The Aims of Collective Worship
Collective Worship in St Matthews Catholic Primary School aims to provide opportunities for all pupils and staff:
To contemplate the mystery of God
To reflect on spiritual and moral issues
To explore personal beliefs
To respond to and to celebrate life
To experience a sense of belonging and to develop community spirit
To develop a common ethos and shared values
To enrich religious experience
To grow in liturgical understanding and development
To pray using prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
To reinforce positive attitudes
To participate fully
To take time out ‘to wonder at’, ‘to come to terms with’ and ‘to give worth to.’
Planning, Content and Celebration
Collective Worship is planned following a structure with reference to the Church’s seasons, Come and See, feast days, the curriculum and significant dates e.g. CAFOD Family Fast Day, Holocaust Memorial Day.
Parish and parents are invited to participate in some celebrations (please visit our dates for your diary section for upcoming liturgy and collective worship celebrations).
A variety of prayer styles will be used appropriate to the age of the children and the occasion.
The Learning Environment
Religious artwork and displays are on show throughout the school and help the school community and visitors to experience the uniqueness of our learning environment.
Focal points in each classroom and throughout the school reflect the liturgical season and reference Come and See topics. In this way they are an outward sign of the school’s ethos.
The leadership team and class teachers lead class collective worship. Children are also taught to plan and lead worship according to their age.
Monday Whole school liturgy (Adult led)
Tuesday Class liturgy (Child liturgy)
Wednesday Class collective worship
Thursday Whole school liturgy (Adult led)
Friday Whole school, child led liturgy (Class led) / Hymm practice