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Witchampton CofE First School

Church School Distinctiveness 

Our approach to collective worship is based upon:

Values for Life,Compassion, Courage, Trust, Forgiveness, Friendship, Thankfulness, Wisdom, Peace, Generosity, Creativity, Service, Truthfulness, Respect, Perseverance, Hope, Humility, Justice, Responsibility

Each half term we focus on one of the above values.

The daily acts of collective worship are planned to give everyone a variety of experiences to develop spirituality through reflection as well an understanding of Christianity and aspects of other faiths and cultures. They enable us to reflect on and respond to things which we as a school community believe are important in preparing children to be responsible citizens now and in the future. The experiences include involving children in sharing relevant stories and current events, (Biblical, moral, multi-cultural, multi-faith or topical); Guided Imagery, Images, Drama Poetry, Music, Audio Visual, and Singing.

"I have come that they might have life, and have it to the full."

John chapter 10 verse 10

"Children have the right to think and believe what they want, and to practise their religion, as long as they are not stopping other people from enjoying their rights."

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it."

Proverbs chapter 22
verse 6

A selection of short, focused prayers encourage children to lead and write prayers themselves. The Lord's Prayer is displayed on the 'Reflection Board'.

Every Wednesday a group of local church colleagues who lead a series of Open the Book sessions come in to lead Coolective Worship. The children love these sessions and participating in them.

At important times in the church calendar parents and friends are invited to join us for services in the church or in school. We also welcome speakers from other churches and organisations to join us. For example, Mr Stephen Gilham, Mr Geoff Bowerman,The Children's Bible Society, Julia's House, The Open The Book team.