“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or troubled, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 19
Here at Faith Primary School, the Gospel Values are at the heart of everything we do. Below are just some of the ways we celebrate being part of God’s family.
Children spend time every day taking part in Collective Worship. Children and staff are encouraged to participate fully with the importance put on creating a prayerful and reflective atmosphere to make this time special.
During daily worship, teachers may use a range of stimulus such as: song, music, candles, flowers, scripture, formal and informal prayers, poetry, books, posters, mime and silence. There is a balance between formal and informal prayer intentions and a time to allow for spontaneous worship and celebrations. Attitudes of praise, thanksgiving and contrition are developed.
This is a time for sharing joy, sorrow, news and events. It is a time for us to come together to celebrate and give thanks; to worship God, to reflect on personal belief, to encourage faith and to respond to and celebrate life. Silence is valued for both collective and personal communion with God.
As each class teacher knows their children personally, this experience is most meaningful; children and staff get a sense of belonging and fellowship. Children will also have the opportunity to lead these acts of worship. Children of other faiths are included in and encouraged to pray alongside us.
This form of Collective Worship is always adapted to the age and development stage of the pupils. Staff are most sensitive to the needs and concerns of the children in their care.
Assemblies at Faith can take many forms but an act of Collective Worship is included at some stage. Amongst them we have celebration assemblies on a Monday and Friday, class assemblies on a Wednesday and a faith based assembly on a Tuesday. We are extremely fortunate to work alongside our two churches, St Peters and SFX, and are lucky enough to have Fr Denis, Fr Henry Corbett and Debbie Reynolds deliver our faith based assemblies on a Tuesday morning as well as the RE Co-ordinator, Mrs Martin and the Head of School, Miss Williams.
Assemblies provide an opportunity for sharing ideas and thoughts with a larger group. We aim, through our assemblies, to contribute to our children’s religious education. Through well-chosen themes, assemblies also link into British Values, SMSC, core subjects and foundation subjects. During assembly we seek to enrich our pupils’ experiences and we encourage the community to participate. To ensure breadth and depth to the children’s experience, a variety of methods are used, including music, drama, story, art and artefacts.
Our whole school celebration assemblies each Monday and Friday, we share and praise our children’s’ achievements, successes, work and attendance. Play Leaders also have an opportunity for peer – peer recognition of successes as well as adult successes in ‘Grown Up Of The Week’.
We are so excited to be setting up our Worship Warriors. Watch this space for more information!
Salisbury St, Liverpool L3 8DR
Rev. Henry Corbett
St Peters Church of England Church
Faith In Action
Faith in Action is a programme delivered by Debbie Reynolds from SFX Church to our Year 5 children.