Mid way through the morning, the whole school gather together for a daily act of worship in our hall. While our collective worship is Christian in its basis, we ensure that our whole community feel welcome to be able to participate. Pupils from throughout the school are encouraged to share prayers and intentions by noting them down in our prayer corner in the school library. We regularly visit our local churches for services throughout the year as a school and individual classes.
Year 6 take on the responsibility to set up the hall for our assemblies, putting out chairs and benches, setting up our reflection table and light our candle to signify the start of our worship. Each day of the week has a particular style to it. In our weekly newsletters, we share the theme of each assembly so those at home can continue conversations if they wish.
Monday is our celebration assembly. Each teacher presents three or four children with their a certificate and tells the school why they are celebrating them that week. It is a great way to start our week, reflecting on the successes of the previous one. During this assembly Our Year 6 house captains update the school with the latest house points and any child or adult who has a birthday that week is presented with a certificate and are sung to. This is the day any other prizes and notable achievements are shared with the school.
Tuesday is led by our headteacher or our deputy headteacher. During this assembly we might reflect on one of our school values, think about a local, national or global event, learn about another culture.
Wednesday is our singing assembly. We love to sing at SMMA and our music teacher really knows how to bring us together in harmony.
Thursday’s assembly is led by our chaplain Reverend April. She likes to get us up and involved in new and exciting ways to bring Good News to life through Bible stories and reflections on life.
Friday’s assembly is in the afternoon and is often a class assembly. This is when the whole community is invited to watch a class share their learning. This is a really enjoyable way for parents, families, staff and pupils to end the week and is always well attended.
Our collective worship policy can be found here collective-worship.pdf.