The Importance of Collective Worship at St Nicholas

At St Nicholas we believe that collective worship and sharing time together is a crucial part of our broader school life. Worship is carried out four times a week with the other being a ‘celebration’ awards worship. Children will also be involved in collective worship in their classrooms. These acts of collective worship will reflect the vision, values and aims of our school.

The acts of Worship are led by either the Headteacher or a Class Teacher and on a Wednesday morning by a member of the clergy. On occasions we may also have visitors come in to deliver and share Worship with us.

Collective Worship is planned for by the member of staff leading Worship. The theme for the Worship is the same for the whole week. Worship links to our school values, Christian festivals and key important dates in the Christian calendar. The Headteacher and the parish priest work closely together to ensure the topics to discuss are relevant and meaningful to the children.

Parents are entitled to withdraw their child from Collective Worship if they wish, however, we urge parents considering this option to speak with the Headteacher, prior to the admission of their child into St Nicholas.

Worship Leaders 2019-2020

Here at St Nicholas Primary Academy, it is already the expectation that children in all year groups will be taking an active part in all acts of worship. This could be, lighting the candle, reading or writing prayers, assisting choosing the readings or even preparing entire acts of worship themselves etc

This year it was decided that worship leaders would take an even more pro-active role in school life. We decided to offer the role to Year 5 and Year 4 children. After reading the job specification and completing the job application form, we were delighted when forty-four children applied. This is well over a third of the children. Children here at St Nicholas value acts of worship and want to take in active role in them, ensuring that they are meaningful and beneficial for all our community. They are brimming with ideas about how to make them even better and what they want to get out of them.

Worship Leaders – Job Role

Anyone can become a worship leader and our aim will be to have worship leaders in all classes across the school. Children do not have to be worship leaders to take on a role in worship – that is something that we expect of all children.

  1. Take an active part in Collective Acts of Worship:
    • Support the teacher running worship
    • Lead the gathering, lighting of the candle, prayer and sending
    • Choose appropriate songs on occasion
    • Our aim is for worship leaders to plan and lead some class worships
  2. To lead by example, demonstrating our Christian Values at all times, showing love and nurture to all members of our community.
  3. Monitor worship and collect pupil voice after assemblies led by visitors:
    • Complete observation sheets and file in the folder in Mrs Turner’s office
    • Feedback to Mrs Turner about what they feel could be done better
  4. Monitor acts of worship delivered by staff and each other
  5. Support other children, classes or key stages in their worships as requested by teachers
  6. Check that class and school prayer areas are up to date and relevant. Take photos and complete a Big Book of reflection and prayer areas.
  7. Write a termly prayer or find a reading, which relates to the termly value, so that it can be published in the newsletter and be put in all areas of reflection for worship.
  8. Support Mrs Turner in the writing of church services.
  9. Help to organise the running of special events in school – Holy Week, Prayer Weeks, lead prayers in front of parents before shows (Nativity show, Year 6 performance)
  10. Maintain the prayer garden
  11. In conjunction with the school council, raise issues that concern them whether that be in school or on a global level and decide what to do about it. This could take many different forms: organising an assembly, designing posters to raise awareness or running fund-raising events.

We expect our worship leaders to behave in a way that truly reflects our school vision and the Christian Values we live our lives by. They are continually striving to be the best they can be, as God intended.

The School at Worship in St Nicholas Church