Collective Worship is an important and distinctive part of the school day. It is designed to be a formative and nurturing learning experience. It can help us to learn how to articulate our gratitude, hopes and fears to God as well as allowing us to become better equipped in dealing with difficulties in a positive way.
Collective worship is a wonderful opportunity for the spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development of all pupils, whether this be achieved by praying, discussion, meditation, or contemplation.
The Sikh dharam (faith) respects all beliefs and does not seek to convert, instead encouraging each of us to be a good person and to follow our paths wholeheartedly. Thus, our schools have a unique multi-faith ethos, where we aim to inspire pupils of all faiths and beliefs. We also encourage pupils to learn from faith as well as learn about faith.
Although optional, pupils are encouraged to take part in collective worship as it is an important feature of our collective identity. Worship within specific faith groups is an innovative characteristic of our schools. Prayers from the Sikh faith as well as from other World faiths are shared and explored and discussed during assemblies.
Worship in our school is about taking time out for personal reflection, being thankful and appreciative, as well as exploring the importance of values in our 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