As a Catholic primary school collective worship plays a fundamental part of daily school life and enables us all to join together as one in prayer and worship.
We pray four times daily: at the beginning and end of the day and before and after lunch.
In Key Stage 1 and Middle School children take turns to lead a class liturgy, working with the teacher to prepare this. In Upper Key Stage 2 children are able to plan their own.
Each class has a Prayer area which allows the children opportunities to pray and spend time in quiet reflection.
On Fridays, we also say The Angelus or (in October and May) pray a chaplet of The Rosary.
Part or all of the school gathers together every afternoon to worship and share in the Good News.
On Mondays, Lower, Middle and Upper School have their phase assemblies. These are led by a teacher and focus on the Gospel from the day before.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays each class has an assembly which is teacher led, though at least once a fortnight the assembly is led by a group of children from that class.
Each Wednesday there is Head’s Reflection and hymn practice.
Every Friday, we come together as a school community to celebrate achievement within school and pray together. In this assembly, a Bible story is retold by a class and we reflect on the meaning of that Scripture and what it means to us at St James’s and in our parish communities.
In addition to Collective Worship the school also celebrates key feast days of the liturgical year through a Mass. These are planned with the Parish Priests and are celebrated at school.
Children in Key Stage 2 have the opportunity to lead and contribute with the planning of some Masses by reading, alter serving and preparing the hall and Altar for worship.
Mass is a celebration and when possible, parents/guardians and members of our parish families are welcome.
At Christmas Year 6 leads the Key Stage 2 Carol Service, when the Nativity is re-told through Scripture and Carols.
At Easter, Year 6 performs the Passion Play, supported by the rest of Key Stage 2. Christ’s Passion and Resurrection are reverently enacted through drama, Scripture and song.
Both Liturgies are held at St Francis de Sales parish church and parents/guardians and friends are welcome to attend.