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Worship

Worship at St. Anne’s

Our daily worship is a special part of our school day and offers the opportunity for the whole school community to join together and grow spiritually through bible readings, stories, song, prayer, stillness and reflection. Once a week, our worship is led by a member of our local churches. At St.Anne’s @Hewish, it is the Reverend Matthew Thompson of St. Andrew’s Church, Congresbury or Caz Carter who is the Youth and Children’s worker from the church. At St.Anne’s @West Wick, it is Reverend Tom Yacomeni and other church youth leaders from Locking Castle Church.

On Fridays we hold a celebration worship where we celebrate children’s achievements both within and outside of school. All teachers choose a child who has shown determination and diligence in their learning that week and or demonstrated some of our Christian values. In addition, our Parliament Leaders (Year 6’s) also award children for joining in with parliament group meetings and demonstrating our values. We also share children’s achievements from outside of school where they are able to tell everyone about their successes.

 

We have special worship services to celebrate Harvest, Remembrance, Advent, Lent, Easter and the Year 6 Leavers Service. In addition to these, we hold class class worships each term where the whole class prepares and delivers a worship encapsulating the Christian value for that term. These are presented to the whole school and parents are invited to join us. It is an excellent opportunity for family members to join a worship and share in bible readings, stories, song and prayers.
Staff and children appreciate worship in different forms e.g. music, prayer, silence, reflection or Bible stories. It is a time to be still and to reflect for everyone of a faith or of none.

Our Christian values
Each term, we have a focus on a different church value which is used in our classrooms and our worships .In each classroom there is a display to remind all children and staff of the value for the term.
The values are embedded and taught explicitly through our Collective Worship time, but also throughout our curriculum. Children have regular opportunities to reflect on each value and to develop an understanding of the Value in action
We believe these values are empowering our pupils to develop their spirituality and helps to guide them in personal development as effective learners and good citizens.
Our Hall display showing the values being taught each term