Collective Worship is central to the live of Sacred Heart and forms the heart of every celebration.
At Sacred Heart we endeavor to ensure our Collective Worships and Liturgical Prayer is engaging, active and interesting for all pupils so that it inspires them to have deep thought and heartfelt responses. Every pupil has the opportunity to encounter Jesus.
Our pupils are always keen to participate in Acts of Worship and can lead them with confidence and creativity. We encourage different forms of prayer – prayer in song, spontaneous prayer, formal prayer and silent prayer. We encourage turn and talk, silent solo moments and pupils to share what they are wondering about or things that they think are relevant.
Our pupils use the ‘Let us Pray’ resource box to help guide them, age appropriately to plan and conduct their own Collective Worships. They create the environment, choose a Gathering activity, the Word, our Response to the Word and our Mission. We have a progression of knowledge and skills in planning an act of worship that starts in Foundation 1 and means that by the end of Key Stage 2 our pupils are confident and experts in planning and delivering thought provoking and purposeful worship sessions.
Worship happens daily in our school.
Mondays a member of SLT works with a chaplaincy team to deliver an act of worship on a catholic virtue or a specific theme such as Anti-Bullying, Remembrance, Protected Characteristics, Mental Health and many more.
On Tuesdays our chaplain visits us and leads a collective Worship with the class who have had their retreat day and their key stage – this is based upon the Word of the Week.
Wednesday and Thursdays classes conduct their own worship in their classroom using the small prayer areas that each class have.
On Fridays we have our HEART of the week Collective Worship, we listen to a biblical quote and celebrate pupils who have been shining example of our Heart values. In this time classes take it in turns to recognise an influencer – a person who has influenced the way we live or enjoy our lives today. These celebrations are well attended by parents.
Mrs Bartley is our Collective Worship Leader – if you have any questions about how you can encourage more prayer and worship at home, please contact her through school.