Examples of how we share collective worship
It was great to welcome Matt Craig into school in person, rather than on Zoom this week! Matt led us in our worship which focussed all on our theme for the week 'It's God's World' (perfect for year 3 who were doing the Creation story in RE this week!). The children learned all about caring for our world and had some special help from a dancing panda!
All the children really enjoyed Fr. Yaro's assembly on the theme 'Voices from the past' on Wednesday 15th September. They were able to act out some of the more unusual stories of some of the Saints in Christianity including St. Lucy who would take out her own eyes to discourage marriage proposals and St. Simeon who lived on a pillar for 33 years! We finished with the story of St. Therese of Lisieux. She showed patience, looked for positives in everyone she met and empowered us to think of how our cup can overflow into all around us all the time - even thought they might be challenging us!
On Wednesday 9th June, and on every Wednesday during COVID restrictions, we welcomed faith leaders from a range of churches to lead us in worship both on Zoom and by video. In this particular Collective Worship, the children enjoyed a fantastic whole school Zoom by Matt Craig from Hillingdon Park Baptist Church all about our theme of the week - Courage. The children reflected on the story of Daniel and the Lion's Den and how we can use prayer to help us to have courage like Daniel.
BWI was very pleased to hold Ascension Mass in the school hall on Thursday 20th May 2021. Although it was a little different to our usual school services due to current restrictions, it was wonderful to celebrate Mass at school again after fourteen months. Year 6 children and staff, Mrs Blake and Mrs Johnston attended with Fr Simon officiating. The Year 6 children took an active role in the service reading a Reading from Acts, Chapter 1, verses 1-11, and also writing prayers.
On Friday 12th February we held a live Zoom collective worship for the whole school and their families. Over 130 families attended on Zoom and we enjoyed some singing and dancing, an inspirational talk from Father Simon and wonderful prayers from our year 6 pupil-leaders.
During the last lockdown in January 2021, we maintained our worship together every week with all the teachers taking part in creating assemblies each week which were then uploaded to Class Dojo for the children to watch at home.
Our approach to daily worship
Christian values are integral to our ethos and teaching, and our daily acts of worship reflect this. In recognition of the particular affiliation and ethos of the school, all staff and pupils are expected to take part in worship, although the right to withdraw does exist.
We aim to be a Christian community where everyone can develop an understanding and tolerance of others. In accordance with this and with statutory requirements, collective worship is placed at the centre of the school's daily life. The spiritual, social, cultural and moral welfare of all children is of prime concern to us.
As a Church of England school our daily act of Collective Worship is a special time that brings together members of the school community to worship God. Worship is led by teachers and children. During birthday assemblies and class assemblies, families are often invited into school. Groups of children are encouraged to prepare and lead worship based on one of our themes. These opportunities allow them to gain valuable leadership experience and extend their ability to think and reflect on a wide range of global issues.
Our worship is further enhanced by weekly visits from the leaders of St Martin's Church, Ruislip. Vicars from other local churches are also invited into our assemblies. The children are further challenged to think, ask questions and share their views and about the world around them.
Our collective worship themes are based on the Christian values listed above.
At the beginning of Daily Collective Worship the candle is lit and we say together:
"We light this candle to remind us that Jesus is the light of our world."
At the close of Worship as the candle is put out we say:
"Even though this candle is out, we still remember that God is always with us."
Our Morning Prayer
We say the Lord's Prayer together and there is always a reflection, with a prayer to end the worship.