At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, Acts of Worship are a very important part of the school day as it provides children, staff, governors and visitors with the opportunities to come together as a community. The school, along with the governors, recognises the importance of worship in the development of children spiritually, morally and culturally. At Bolsover Church of England Junior school, worship also enables children and staff to give expression to, reaffirm and practice the values of the school – and wider community.
Bolsover Church of England Junior School's core values are:
Above all, every member of staff upholds the most significant Christian expression: Unconditional love.
What is Collective Worship?
Collective Worship is our time at the end of the day when we come together in an act of worship. This may be through singing, reflecting on and celebrating the Christian Values shown by our children, through prayer, or by discussing religious stories. Most days this takes place in the hall as a whole school but one day a week we have Class Worship in our normal classrooms so that we can reflect on our time in school.
Each half term we have a new theme for the children to explore the Christian faith and religious teachings, these are:
Autumn 1 - New Beginnings
Autumn 2 - Gifts
Spring 1 - Prayer
Spring 2 - The Good Shepherd
Summer 1 - Our World
Summer 2 - Dreams and Wishes
Who leads Collective Worship?
Collective Worship is led by all of the Class Teachers in school, supported by our Collective Worship Coordinator; Miss Howard.
Collective worship in Bolsover Church of England Junior School provides the opportunity for pupils:
- To worship God
- To consider spiritual and moral issues and to explore their own beliefs
- To encourage participation and response, whether through active involvement in the presentation of worship or through listening to and joining in the worship offered, and
- To develop community spirit, promote a common ethos and shared values, and reinforce positive attitudes
Collective worship is also led by:
Ray and Beryl and their Puppet Pals
Chesterfield Football Club - Wellbeing
What is Class worship?
Every child in each class has the chance to lead a Collective Worship for their peers in the classroom. This is led by the children with help from the teachers and adults in that class. The theme of the worship links with the overall Collective Worship theme for each half term. Some of the classes follow the core values (as mentioned above), whereas some classes choose a global issue or topical news story.