• Collective Worship

Worship at St. Thomas’

At St. Thomas’ we seek to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, intellectual and social development of pupils based on the Christian values with God being at the heart of all we do. We do this by using the Imaginor document ‘Roots and Fruits’ which focuses on 12 Christian values over a two year cycle.

Worship at St.Thomas’ is an integral part of school life, with the children partaking in Key Stage worship and class worship throughout the week. Worship forms a very special part of daily life in school, whether we gather together as a whole school family or spend time together in our classes or Key Stages. It is a time to learn from Bible stories and events, share an understanding of God’s love and relate the message and its values to our everyday lives. It is also a time for prayer and reflection and an opportunity to refer to current world-wide events or issues which may, or may not, affect our lives. Worship is also a time of praise and music naturally enhances this. Music has a strong tradition at St. Thomas’ with us being a Gold Arts Mark school and Platinum Sing Up school.

Every Friday we hold a ‘Golden Friday Worship’. Here we celebrate as a whole school! At the beginning of a new term Father Martin or Mr. Cannon are invited into school to introduce the new half term value. Classes are also chosen to lead worship relating to our half termly value, seasonal event or religious festival.

Policy

Worship Rota

SIAMS report

  • Parent View

Thank you to all of the parents that completed the questionnaire on parents evening. Please find below the results of the questionnaire.

What you said …

As a working mum I feel I am not informed early enough regarding events etc. I would appreciate some early notice regarding events. Thank you

What we did …

We aim to make parents aware of events as soon as possible either through letters, text messages, facebook and the new app ‘ourschool app’ which can be downloaded on all android and apple phones or tablets. You can also find term dates on the school website.

As it’s a majority of ethnic minorities I feel changes need to be made to better the understanding of each other.

Within Collective Worship and the RE curriculum, the children are exposed to many different faiths. If you have a look at the half termly overviews for collective worship (which can be found just above this document) you will see that there is a column headed ‘Church/School/Interfaith events and when one of these occurs we try to link the worship to the event. Within certain year groups the children also visit a variety of places of worship and we also have visits of different faiths that come in and talk to the children.

I’m not sure what collective worship is?

As a Church of England school it is compulsory that the children part take in an act of worship everyday. At St. Thomas’ we aim to provide the opportunity for pupils:

• to worship God

• to consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs

• to encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered

• to develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes