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Boston St Mary's RC Primary School

Boston's Catholic School

Collective Worship

Worship in St Mary’s School is more than just a legal requirement. It is an integral part of school life and central to the Catholic tradition.

Collective worship takes into account the religious and educational needs of all who share in it:

  • Those who form part of the worshipping community in church;
  • Those for whom school may be their first and only experience of church;
  • Those from other Christian traditions – or none;
  • Those from other faith backgrounds.

    The Aims of Collective Worship

Collective Worship in St Mary’s School aims to provide opportunities for all pupils and staff:

  • To contemplate the mystery of God
  • To reflect on spiritual and moral issues
  • To explore personal beliefs
  • To respond to and to celebrate life
  • To experience a sense of belonging and to develop community spirit
  • To develop a common ethos and shared values
  • To enrich religious experience
  • To grow in liturgical understanding and development
  • To pray using  prayers which are part of the Catholic tradition
  • To reinforce positive attitudes
  • To participate fully
  • To take time out ‘to wonder at’, ‘to come to terms with’ and ‘to give worth to.’

Collective Act of Worship

The ‘Collective Act of Worship is an integral part of our school day. We gather together at some time each day for Prayer. On occasions, Children are encouraged to experience silent and reflective prayer.

Worship may take a variety of forms:

  • Sacramental Celebrations
  • Other Liturgies, including assemblies- whole school and class
  • Hymn singing
  • Celebration/Praise assembly
  • Rosary (Y2-Y6)

Monday

Whole School Assembly (SLT lead) based on Sunday’s Gospel

Tuesday

Hymn Singing

Wednesday

Class Mass/Class Liturgy

Thursday

Statements to Live By

Friday

Celebration/Praise Assembly