Collective Worship is an important and distinctive part of the school day. It is designed to be a formative and nurturing learning experience. It’s a time when the whole school, or groups within the school, come together to worship, prayer, sing God’s praises, contemplate, mediate and celebrate. It can help us to learn how to articulate our gratitude, hopes and fears to God, and by bringing these to the fore be better equipped to deal with them in a positive way. It also provides opportunities for the pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
The Sikh dharam (faith) respects all faiths and does not seek converts. Our school has a unique multi-faith ethos and where we aim to inspire pupils of all faiths and beliefs, and, to encourage pupils to learn from faith as well as learning about faith.
Collective worship is an important feature of our collective identity and pupils are encouraged to take part (it is optional). Worship within specific faith groups is an innovative characteristic of our schools. Prayers from the Sikh faith and other World faiths are also shared and explored during some of the assemblies.
Worship in our school is concerned with taking time out for personal reflection, being thankful and appreciative, exploring the importance of values in daily life, developing and reinforcing positive attitudes.
Through collective worship we encourage our pupils to:
- Consider and explore their own beliefs.
- Reflect on spiritual and moral issues.
- Nurture their own personal relationship with God.
- Develop a sense of awe and wonder about Creation
- Explore fundamental questions and the importance of religious beliefs.
- Celebrate special occasions, and to share feelings such as thankfulness, joy, friendship, sadness or hope.
- Experience a sense of belonging and develop community spirit.