RE & Worship Our Christian Ethos Our School’s Christian character permeates all aspects of school life. To support our spiritual journey we have chosen Love, Hope and courage as our school’s distinctive Christian Values. Love was chosen to reflect the love God has for us and how we should care for one another Hope was chosen to reflect the Holy Spirit, not visible, but a strength that comes from inside Courage was chosen to reflect the courage of Jesus on the cross and how we need to embrace difficulties in our lives and work Our aim is to ensure that all members of the school community feel valued and that respect and trust underpin all we do. To support this aim, reflective areas can be found across the school, which promote and enhance spiritual ideas, thoughts and questions. Acts of Worship Our Collective Worship is held within the school hall, classroom, outside or whilst on a school trip or residential. Monday: Whole School Worship led by a senior member of staff. This is where we introduce the weekly focus, which is linked to our half termly value Tuesday: Whole School Worship led by the parish vicar or local minister. During this worship stories and songs are shared Wednesday: Whole School Praise worship led by staff. Here we practise Christian songs and hymns Thursday: Class Worship led by staff. During our class worship we consider our focus within a smaller group Friday: Whole School Celebration worship led by Head teacher. Parents are invited for those who are presented with an Achievers Certificate; they are invited to join in with our prayers The School may vary this organisation each year or term. Our key aim is to plan Collective Worship systematically so that there is continuity, variety and clear focus on Christian beliefs and festivals. Worship is led by a variety of people that include school staff, pupils, Governors, representatives from the parish church, and members of the local community. Our Prayers Across the school week we share prayers at various times. These will be a combination of prayers that children have written, our school prayer, Candle prayer, The Lord’s Prayer, prayers from visitors and prayer before lunch. Our Candle Prayer Our Candle Prayer is said when children light a candle at the beginning of our Collective Worship time. Heavenly Father We light this candle to remind us that you are the light of the world We come together now to pray and to praise and to remove all darkness from our hearts and minds Amen Our School Prayer Dear Lord Jesus Help us to love and care for each other as You first loved us Help is to have hope in our lives through You Help us to embrace each new day and the challenges yet to come In Your name Amen Our Prayer Board All of our school community can use our prayer board. The prayers and then collected and taken to church to either be shared with the congregation or privately said by an individual; we also share some of these prayers with the school community in collective worship. For individuals who wish their prayers to remain private, the school provide a box; these prayers are not on view and only go to church. Harvest Festival This week we had our Harvest Festival at Vernham Dean Church. Each of the classes contributed to the service with songs, poems and prayers. The school have spent the last week collecting food for Andover Food Bank and a selection of this was taken to church so the children could celebrate their efforts.