Why do we have Collective Worship in our school?
Following reports of a judicial review granted by the High Court, the Church of England's Chief Education Officer, Nigel Genders writes:
"We live at a time when children feel besieged by social media, weighed down by pressure and report poor mental health. Collective worship offers ten minutes in a day for children to pause and explore the big existential questions such as ‘Who am I?’ ‘Why am I here?’ and ‘How then should I live?"
Our school flourishes because of the strength and quality of the relationships within our school family. Collective worship brings our school family together and sustains and strengthens the bonds between us as we celebrate being part of God's family too.
Jesus’ teaching is at the centre of school life – we are servants to others; we practice honesty, we work and learn with integrity; we demonstrate respect and we are endlessly forgiving. At Scorton school, we constantly strive to know our children, their families and our community better so we can serve them more effectively. Following Jesus’ example, we encourage every member of our school family to build each other up. We know that community is God’s wish for us and we direct our lives towards everyone flourishing. Thriving relationships are not a means to an end in our school – they are an end in themselves – ‘we try as hard as we can to reach the goal that is before us’(Philippians 3:13) – our goal is to carry out God’s will in our school family and community.
Who leads Collective Worship?
- Rev. Michael Hutchinson (Vicar at Garstang St. Thomas's Church) starts the week for us
- Class teachers take turns to lead infant and junior worship at least once a week
- Mrs. Scholz, our Headteacher, leads whole school worship once a week
- The lovely Debbie Greenwood and her colleagues at NISCU (Northern Inter Schools Christian Union) lead a video worship for our infants and lower juniors once a week
- The Blackburn Diocese Worship Together Team lead a video worship for our upper junior children once a week
- Our school Worship Team lead our Celebration Worship on a Friday
What are your worship themes?
Our new Mission Statement includes 'reaching out to others with the kindness and compassion of Jesus' and so this year we are thinking about Jesus - who he is, what he says, what he does and how his life can influence our lives.
These are the aspects of Jesus life and teaching we will be thinking about this year:
AUTUMN 1 - The Words of Jesus
AUTUMN 2 - Advent & Christmas
SPRING 1 - People Jesus Meets
SPRING 2 - Holy week and Easter
SUMMER 1 - The Parables of Jesus
SUMMER 2 - The Miracles of Jesus