Collective Worship - Assemblies

Children are spiritual beings who often think deeply and hold serious convictions.

We regard it as a privilege to work with young people to ponder the more profound questions of life and faith. In our school spirituality is seen in joyful singing and dance, and in silent meditation and prayer. As a Church School we seek to nurture in the heart and minds of our children the knowledge and love of God. We provide them with an experience of Christian Community which will influence and shape the rest of their lives.

Assemblies are a high point of the day, expressing our general ethos of mutual respect, laughter and love. Our school motto, "Learn to Live" is taken from Jesus' words; "I have come that you may have life and have it to the full".

Parents do have the right to withdraw their children from religious education lessons and from acts of collective worship should you wish to do this, please contact the Headteacher.

Summer 2022

With the start of a new term, we begin an exciting, new assembly series. This term we’re using the parables that Jesus told to help us explore building our lives on firm foundations. What better way to start than with the story of the wise and foolish builders, one building on rock and one on sand. The children laughed out loud at Georgie and Nick’s renditions of a foolish builder at Pewley and Holy Trinity respectively. It’s great to be able to laugh together as part of our collective worship again! See if the children can tell you about the meaning behind the parable. Retelling Aesop’s fables each week will also help us to understand and puzzle out Jesus’ meaning. We’re calling the series “It’s a puzzle” and hoping that at the same time as thinking about life’s challenges, the children will enjoy lots of maths puzzles, anagrams and cryptic clues!

Week 1 - Two Builders
Week 2 - The Pearl

Week 5 - The Widow and the Judge
Week 6 - The Good Samaritan

Spring 2022

Metal Fruit
This term, we’ll be using two key passages from the New Testament where we are encouraged to live as God intended us. From Ephesians 6 we look at the idea of putting on the full armour of God to face each of life's challenges. This seems particularly important as we emerge from a pandemic. Meanwhile, alongside this idea each week, a different fruit will help us to look at what living life to the full might be, as we consider the fruits of the Spirit described in Galatians 5; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Linking the fruit of the Spirit to different delicious fruits each week will also help us to think about being healthy in body, mind and soul, and a visit from William Shakespeare each week will also give us food for thought!

Autumn 2021

See Both Sides
Our assembly series this term takes us on a tour through the life of King David, from the Old Testament; he was the Israelites' most loved king and known as "a man after God's own heart". He shows us so many Christ-like attributes, but he was also fallible and made mistakes. We’re hoping that we’ll understand how God’s destiny and purpose for each one of us is unique and special. The term's theme also uses traditional tales to encourage us all to look at things from different points of view (what if the Big Bad Wolf was actually trying to check the three little pigs' dwellings for strength to withstand a storm, or if the little red hen had a helpful team right from the start of the story?). There’s also a weekly punctuation mark which connects the Bible story with the children's grammar lessons! The theme goes right up to Christmas time, linking in with the Christmas nativity carol "Once in Royal David's city".

Summer 2021

Pilgrim's Progress

As the summer term gets underway, we have begun our new assembly series which this term is based upon John Bunyan’s book, Pilgrim’s Progress. In the book, Christian, a traveller, journeys through the countryside on a quest for a perfect place – God’s heavenly city. We reflect each week on life as a journey, encouraging one another to "see heaven in the moment" and to "embrace the future with hope and confidence." Each week, an Old Testament bible character is linked to the theme and we are visited by an explorer who provides hilarious survival tips for surviving "Worse Case Scenarios".



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