Collective Worship & Ethos Group
Collective Worship is a valued and important part of the school day at Offwell. It happens every day and is a time when all can come together to find a space, silence and quietness to reflect on their own spirituality, values and place in the world. The school’s vision and values are at the heart of acts of worship as well as sometimes using the opportunity to respond to the times when life gives us a ‘wow’ or ‘ow’ moment. Collective Worship is invitational, inclusive and inspiring. It is an chance for the whole school community to:
- Engage in an act of community
- Express praise and thanksgiving to God
- Reflect on the character of God and on the teachings of Christ through Biblical texts
- Affirm Christian values and attitudes
- Celebrate special times in the Christian calendar
- Experience and respond to Anglican traditions and practices
- Explore the big questions of life and respond to national events
- Foster respect and deepen spiritual awareness
- Be still and reflect
- Share each other’s joys and challenges
Collective Worship always starts and ends with the lighting of a candle to both signify the beginning and end to this special part of the day as well as being a focal point on which to reflect. ‘Call and response’ Anglican liturgy is also used as part of worship. For example ‘God is love, all the time. All the time, God is love.’ Every Friday parents are invited to join us to celebrate children’s achievements from the week.
Connecting with Collective Worship:
Collective Worship is planned and evaluated by the Collective Worship coordinator and Ethos Group. There is a strong link with our local church (St Mary’s) and acts of worship are regularly lead by a member of the local clergy or church leadership.
The Ethos Group is a group of children, staff, governor and parent representatives who work to enhance the Christian Distinctiveness of the school.
What is the Ethos Group?
- Supports our school in developing our Christian distinctiveness
- It promotes our Christian values and vision
- We report to governors on what we have thought about and discussed
- We work with other adults to develop positive working relationships
- The work of our Ethos group will be recorded in our School Improvement Plan and all our meetings are minuted.
What does the Ethos Group do?
- We work together to think about what makes our school special as a church school.
- We think about and plan how best to fit the school vision and values into every area of school life.
- We help plan and improve Collective Worship and the prayers that appear at various points in the day.
- We take an active role in leading Collective Worship.
- We help plan and improve the celebrations we hold through the school year.
- To work together to give children the opportunity to grow spiritually throughout the school.
Our Ethos Group members are:
Mr Thomas, Mr Pavey (Parent), Aubrey, Rosie (yr 6), Sophie, Tom (Yr 5), Abigail and Ben (Yr 4) (Pupils)