Acts of Collective Worship
At Whitegate Church of England School we have a daily act of collective worship where we meet as a school community to sing hymns, listen to stories, reflect on them and pray together. Children are involved in delivery of assemblies throughout the school year. Year 6 have opportunity to plan and deliver assembly. Children help to plan, organise and lead the major services which are held in St Mary's Church: Harvest, Christmas, Easter and the Leavers' Service. Children may use Bible readings and write their own prayers for the services.
'The inclusive Christian ethos is evident during collective worship where pupils respond very positively to the relaxed but reverent tone. They value the opportunity to be together, participate, reflect and celebrate each other’s achievements. One pupil commented that his favourite time of the day was ‘when we all get together in assembly’.' (SIAMS, July 2019)
The school has strong links with St. Mary's Church. Cannon Paul is a regular visitor to the school and is involved in Collective Worship each week. He, along with Mrs Finney, leads our collective worship on a Tuesday; on the third Tuesday of the month, we attend St Mary's Church for a whole school service which parents and friends within the local community are warmly welcome to attend.
Worship is varied and led by different staff, visitors from local churches and the pupil Christian values group.' (SIAMS, July 2019.)
Children take part in church services for Harvest, Easter and Christmas, and visit the church for other purposes when appropriate. We have been involved in creating displays for the wider church community of St Mary's to enjoy; over the last academic year it included creative art for Remembrance and The Queen's 90th Birthday Celebration, as well as Advent Angel collages and artwork. Our choir sings at specila celebrations throughout the year and have been invited to particpate in Chester Cathedral's Carol Concert in aid of the Emergency Services.
Mrs Finney also leads our Christian Club for EYFS2 and KS1 each Thursday after school. The children enjoy listening to gospel verses at their own level and making a craft linked to the week's theme.