At Shorne Church of England Primary School, Collective Worship is a key feature of school life. Our daily Christian worship helps strengthen and support the Christian character of the school and is led by members of staff and our Faith Leaders. We follow the Rochester Diocese plans alongside stories from the Bible linked to our own school values – respect through love, perseverance through faith and achievement through learning. During worship we also have time to reflect on ourselves and our school.
On Thursdays our local vicar, Revd Ted Hurst, leads our Collective Worship. Since the start of the new school year, on Fridays our Collective Worship time is known as Shining Stars. During this time certificates are awarded based on one our Christian values of respect, perseverance and achievement to one child in each class. The names of the children who receive certificates will be published in the Achievements section of the web site.
Faith Leaders (formerly Leading Lights) is a group of children who help with aspects of worship in school. Our Faith Leaders for 2017-2018 are:
- Year 6: Libby Watts, Caitlin Thomas, Anika Randhawa, Leah Hill, Sofija Smiltniekaite, Summer Vickers, Sophie Taylor and Lois Nichols .
- Year 5: Francesca Stiling, Holly Harvey, Olivia Bell, Amy Gaymer and Shannon Kaur-Gill.
Our Faith Leaders help teachers and Father Ted to prepare whole school worship. They do this together by choosing and reading our daily prayer, selecting the hymns to match the theme for the week and leading classes into the hall calmly ready to begin their worship. Faith Leaders also play an important role when we are at church by ensuring everything is ready and helping with any extra special roles.
In November we held Multi-Faith week with each year group studying a different religion. Class R looked at Christianity and found out about the birth of Jesus and why Christmas is special to Christians. Class 1 found out about Sikhism and learnt about the 5 K’s and made diva lamps that are lit at Diwali. Class 2 and Class 5 found out about Hinduism, made lanterns, studied the story of Rama and Sita and the significance of peacocks. Class 3 learnt about Islam, designed their own prayer mats and looked at how mosques around the world are decorated. Class 4 found out about Buddhism and had the opportunity to meditate and learn about Buddha. Class 6 studied Judaism, created some art work inspired by the star of David and looked at the Jewish holy book the Torah. Throughout the week the children learnt a lot about different faiths and cultures from around the world and enjoyed sharing what they had learnt with different classes.