We hold daily acts of Collective Worship, which are underpinned by our Christians Values and Jesus' teaching of the city on a hill shining it's light in the world. Matthew 5:14-16.
The pattern of Collective Worship is:
Monday - Whole School led by Head or Deputy Head Teacher
Tuesday - KS1 assembly / KS2 class assembly
Wednesday - KS2 assembly / KS1 class assembly
Friday - Whole School Celebration Assembly
Collective Worship is planned by our Distinctive Ethos Lead. She meets with the Worship Leaders each half term to discuss which value will be the focus for the next half term. As a Church of England school we follow the Litergical Calendar and celebrate each of the Christian festivals. We also learn about festivals from other faiths over a two year cycle. Children and parents are encouraged to participate in Collective Worship by sharing how they celebrate their festivals; helping to foster understanding and respect of each others differences and similarities.
City On A Hill By Nick and Becky Drake (© 2014 Thankyou Music CCLI Number: 7025871)
During the academic year all classes visit one of the local churches, either as part of their RE topic or for a service. The Church on Fairford Leys has close links with the school and is within easy walking distance. Links are also fostered with our namesake St Mary's, Aylesbury and Granville Street Church. The services include Harvest Festival, Remembrance, Christmas Carols, Christingle, Easter and Leaver's Services.
Collective Worship at Forest School
Collective Worship changes due to Covid
Since March 2020 Collective Worship has been slightly different due to the COVID restrictions. During lockdown and the end of the summer term, when some children returned to school assembly time was done remotely. Each week several assemblies were available to view online via the website. These included messages from Rev. Anthony Howells, with a chance to send him questions as to how church was continuing despite not being able to meet in person. The children also learnt about how Ramadan was celebrated in a different way this year.
In September, each class has been able to participate in their own classroom. The normal pattern Collective Worship has been returned to with the help of video messages and pre-recorded PowerPoints from both staff and pupils. This has meant classes have been able to be more flexible to the time of the day their daily Collective Worship can take place. Each class uses their Worship Leaders to help with the Bible Readings, the greeting and prayers. This has led to more discussion based activities and a chance to increase Biblical vocabulary and understanding. Children enjoy seeing their House Captains announce the house points, as well as still being able to take part in events and festivals.