Collective Worship

In Church of England schools, collective worship reflects the traditions of the Church of England and develops learners' understanding of Anglican traditions and practice.

Collective worship gives pupils and school staff the opportunity to:

  • Engage in an act of community.
  • Express praise and thanksgiving to God.
  • Be still and reflect.
  • Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events.
  • Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness.
  • Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ.
  • Affirm Christian values and attitudes.
  • Share each other’s joys and challenges.
  • Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar.
At Dundry Church of England Primary School, we believe it is important to develop core values by which to live and which help to develop a moral and spiritual awareness. We seek to explore the meanings of the core values and their significance through weekly acts of worship delivered by various members of our community both within school and the local Church.
 
The gifts of trust, community, hope, compassion, friendship, and creativity are the values we want our children to leave with. Whilst these gifts are inclusive of human values, we try to anchor them into the Christian faith by relating them to the Bible through stories and readings. We feel these help shape us as valued citizens of the local area, the country and globally. 
 
To celebrate our children's achievements the school council select a couple of children each week who have been nominated for a Christian Values Award. These are given for thoughtful, caring acts that we do; at home, in school or as part of our community. Anyone can nominate a child to receive the award by completing the form attached. Certificates will be handed out in Celebration Assembly on a Friday afternoon. 
Community is important to us. Each child and member of staff recieve a pebble to identify their place and value within in our school community. This is based on the Christian concept of Koinonia. 
 
Koinonia

The original Greek word means ‘fellowship’ or ‘community’ and emphasises the importance of this concept within the Christian faith and expresses the quality of the relationships we share. We are all members of the same family – God’s family. Each member of Dundry is represented by a selected pebble brought together in this communal bowl. As someone new joins our community, a pebble is added. Those who leave, take their pebble with them to remind them of the fellowship they have shared and the special partnership they have enjoyed.

 

“But God has combined the members of the body… so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honoured, every part rejoices with it.” 1 Corinthians 12: 24-26

We are proud to have three teams of children who work on their own aims and objectives throughout the year, to support and promote the distinctive Christian character of the school. 
 CHRISTIAN VALUES

The Christian values and principles we adhere to as a school identify us as a community and confirm the ethos and culture promoted. The 6 values chosen have been carefully selected by the community so that everyone understands the purpose and meaning of each, and is clear about individual and collective responsibility towards upholding such principles. These values will be depicted in the school hall and in each classroom around the school. We are reminded to give focus and context to the values during our times of collective worship.

The values chosen for us as a school at Dundry are:

Trust, Friendship, Hope, Community, Creativity and Compassion.

We will send home some information about each of the values that we hold dear, in order to have a shared understanding of what each one looks like for us as a Church school.

Please find some stories and activities based on the schools choice of Christian Values from 'Home School Values'.